City and State Governments Call on Demonstrators to Take COVID-19 Test
UK police and protesters clash during COVID-19 protest
Florida notes an increase in the incidence after the outbreak of protests in connection with the death of George Floyd
Authorities across the country urge protesters over the death of George Floyd to take COVID-19 tests after a week of street marches and close contact.
«Take the test!» – urged New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, adding that the state is opening 15 new testing centers.
He stated that people should not take risks..
«I would act as if I had been exposed to a virus. I would say to the people I come into contact with: assume my virus test is positive», – said Cuomo.
State and city leaders in Atlanta, San Francisco and Seattle have similar calls for tests..
Up to 400,000 people are expected to return to work in New York on Monday, when the largest city in the country begins its first phase of opening. Many will go down the metro for the first time in almost three months.
Work will be resumed by builders, as well as workers in factories, wholesalers and some retail businesses. Stores will only work for delivery.
At the same time, thousands of city restaurants will remain closed at least until the end of the month..
While New York City’s city officials are pretty confident the city may start to open up, the Florida Department of Health announced nearly 1,180 new coronavirus cases on Sunday. Officials noted that the number of new cases exceeds one thousand and fifth days in a row.
Experts in Florida say people have begun to ignore social distancing rules following the relaxation of quarantine measures in the state. They also noted a rise in new cases following the outbreak of protests over the death of George Floyd..
Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott accused China on Sunday of trying to thwart U.S. efforts to develop a vaccine for coronavirus.
Scott presented no evidence to support his claim on BBC television.
«Our intelligence community found out about it. I am a member of the Armed Forces Committee and there are things on which I receive information but cannot discuss. But there is evidence that they are trying to disrupt or slow down this work.», – Scott answered.
According to the senator, China «will not rejoice», if the US or UK develops a vaccine first.
Chinese authorities have not yet responded directly to Scott’s allegations, but Science and Technology Minister Wang Zhigang said on Sunday that China wants to intensify international cooperation to develop a vaccine..
The total number of detected cases of COVID-19 in the world approached 7 million, more than 401 thousand people died. Such data are cited by Johns Hopkins University.
The United States is significantly ahead of other countries on both indicators