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Protesters should be tested for COVID-19 – NY governor

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday (June 4) said several days and nights of demonstrations in the state after the killing of George Floyd could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus, and urged protesters to get tested.

“One person can infect hundreds. If you were at a protest, go get a test, please,” Cuomo said.

The governor added, “Wear a mask. And tell people that you may have been exposed to COVID. If you were at one of those protests, I would, out of an abundance of caution, assume that you are infected.”

Following protests not only in New York City, but in the upstate cities of Buffalo, Albany, Rochester and Syracuse, Cuomo said the state would observe a “symbolic moment” of silence at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 GMT) for sharing grief and understanding.

“This is an injustice that should never happen again,” he said.

Cuomo said his concern about increased spread of the virus during the demonstrations would not impede the state’s regionally phased reopening, which is set to allow more economic activity in New York City on Monday.

With more people wearing face coverings, the state has made significant progress in halting the spread, as reflected in a drop in the rate of people testing positive for the virus over the past six weeks to 2% from 26%, he said.

The number hospitalized COVID-19 patients also continued trending lower.

(Production: Angela Moore)

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