California is to begin a night-time curfew on Saturday, in an attempt to curb a surge in coronavirus cases, APA reports citing BBC.
The state's latest figures are now worse than the previous peak in August, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Across the US, the daily death toll linked to Covid-19 has passed 2,000 for the first time since May.
About 187,000 new cases were recorded nationwide in the latest figures - released on Friday for the previous day - which is an all-time high.
Several states have imposed new mask mandates and restrictions to try to combat the rise.