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Yahoo! BooksJul 06, 2020
Protests May Have Spread Coronavirus, Some Cities Say
Officials in Los Angeles, Seattle, and Miami-Dade County, Fla., have acknowledged that anti-police protests and riots may have led to increased spread of the coronavirus, according to a Fox News report.All three cities have experienced an uptick in coronavirus cases after weeks of protesting sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. Many Democrats and public-health professionals alike had voiced support of the demonstrations, including Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti. Two days after maintaining that there wasn't "any conclusive evidence" showing a connection between protests and a surge in cases of the virus, Garcetti did an about-face, saying the county's public-health director "does think some of the spread did come from our protests."The county reported a record 3,187 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest daily total since the start of the pandemic, according to health officials on Sunday.Still, Garcetti didn't admonish protestors. "It's not the act of protesting — that's a great and American thing to do no matter what your opinion is . . . but protesting without maintaining physical distancing, without wearing your mask, without having sanitizer - we just have to be smart. Whether you're at a protest or at your home, whether in your workplace or whether you're out shopping, these rules don't change." In Miami-Dade protests were a "contributing factor" to spiking cases, a spokesperson for the mayor told Fox News.A team of medical experts who advise Mayor Carlos A. Giménez have tol
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