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THESE states see a surge in COVID-19 cases ahead of Trump’s election rally
June 18, 2020
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The US President has come under fire for wanting to push ahead with his re-election campaign despite the ongoing pandemic. The US has seen the worlds highest amount of coronavirus cases and deaths, with 2,159,446 and 117,663 respectively.
Tulsa, Oklahoma will see Donald Trump’s first campaign rally since the pandemic began on Saturday.
But Oklahoma has reported a record 259 new cases over the last day.
Trump’s decision to hold the rally has sparked condemnation from state officials, with Tulsa’s mayor G.T. Bynum saying: “I’m not positive that everything is safe.”
He continued by adding that he “completely” understands “the concern people have” if rallygoers are not cautious.
Bruce Dart, director of the Tulsa City/County Health Department, said a record 96 Tulsa County residents had tested positive for the virus over the past day.
He said that the county began to record a marked increase in cases beginning early last week and that it had seen a significant increase in hospitalisations since June 6.
Dart said: “Let me be clear: Anyone planning to attend a large-scale gathering will face an increased risk of contracting COVID-19.”
“If we could push it back until when it’s safer.
“That’s what I’d like to see happen.”
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said during a briefing on Wednesday that “Ultimately, the president doesn’t ask for permission before he” goes somewhere.
He continued: “So we found out that the president was coming, so we are going to make sure it’s the best and as safe as possible.”
Oklahoma health officials have also recommended that anyone planning to attend the rally should get tested before arrival, and then to self isolate and test again afterwards.
The health commissioner urged those at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 to stay home.
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Other states that are hosting the presidents campaign rallies have also seen rising cases.
Florida reported more than 2,600 new cases and Arizona more than 1,800.
Those figures represent the second-highest daily increases for the two states.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, where face coverings are mandatory across the state, said he would let local officials decide whether to impose such rules and how to enforce them.
The shock rise in cases comes along with a rise in hospitalisations for coronavirus.
According to a state website, Arizona has 83 percent of intensive care beds occupied, which is a record high.
In response to the shocking rise, the Navajo reservation – overlapping parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico – reinstated a weekend-long curfew that closes even essential businesses like grocery stores and gas stations.
The early lift in lockdown, seeing bars reopen, in states like Florida and Texas has been attributed as the cause for the rise in cases.