Coronavirus News from Across the Globe: June 1, 2020 – Protests ‘Could Exacerbate’ Spread of Virus, Says Cuomo

By Anna Breuer on 1 June 2020
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Officials across the United States expressed concern that the large protests against police violence that took place in multiple cities could cause result in new outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.

“I’m extremely concerned we are seeing mass gatherings,” said Keisha Lance Bottoms, the mayor of Atlanta. “We’re going to see the other side of this in a couple of weeks.”  In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was “very worried about the health impact” of the lack of social distancing among demonstrators, and asked them to “stay home.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the “mass gatherings” of protesters “could in fact exacerbate the Covid-19 spread.”  Looking back at the progress the state has made in reducing the number of cases, he said, “Don’t snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.”

06-01 Citing the coronavirus pandemic, Hong Kong officials banned an annual Tiananmen Square vigil. The vigil has been held every year in memory of the people who died during protests there.

06-01 As the number of new cases in the Northeast plunges, health officials in the United States expressed concern about spikes in the Midwest.

06-01 Houses of worship in Massachusetts will be allowed to open with proper precautions in place.

06-01 The director-general of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said he hopes that President Trump will not follow through with his decision to end the relationship between the United States and WHO.

06-01 The state of São Paulo will begin to reopen its economy with the opening of shopping malls, offices, and shops.  The ban on non-essential activities will continue, however.  Brazil is second only to the United States in its number of coronavirus cases.

06-01 Prince Joachim of Belgium publicly apologized after testing positive for the coronavirus in southern Spain, where he attended an illegal lockdown party in Córdoba.  “I would like to apologize for travelling and not having respected the quarantine measures,” he said. “I did not intend to offend or disrespect anyone in these very difficult times and deeply regret my actions and accept the consequences.”

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