Health officials are also monitoring whether cases surge within the next few weeks as demonstrators take to the streets in cities across America after a police officer pressed his knee into the neck of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, for nearly nine minutes, despite his plea that he couldn’t breathe. Floyd died in police custody.
Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, has said the protests are the “perfect setup” for coronavirus cases to climb.
“The reasons for demonstrating are valid, yet the demonstration itself puts one at an additional risk,” Fauci told WTOP last week.
The U.S. leads the world in Covid-19 infections, accounting for about 27 percent of confirmed cases worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins tracker, though it makes up only 4 percent of the world’s population. The U.S. also leads the world in coronavirus-related deaths, with over 112,000 deaths.