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US cities fear protests could fuel a new wave of coronavirus outbreaks

Added 05-30-20 11:14:03pm EST - “Many protesters, law enforcement, and even political leaders have been seen not following public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “US cities fear protests could fuel a new wave of coronavirus outbreaks”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The massive protests sweeping across US cities following the police killing of a black man in Minnesota have sent shudders through the health community and elevated fears that the huge crowds will lead to a new surge in cases of the coronavirus.

Some leaders appealing for calm in places where people smashed storefronts and destroyed police cars, and police used tear gas to disperse crowds in recent nights have been handing out masks and warning demonstrators they were putting themselves at risk.

"If you were out protesting last night, you probably need to go get a COVID test this week," Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Saturday evening. "There is still a pandemic in America that's killing black and brown people at higher numbers."

Minnesota's governor said too many protesters weren't socially distancing or wearing masks after heeding the call earlier in the week.

Protesters rally over the death of George Floyd, Friday, May 29, 2020, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

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