Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has admitted the recent Black Lives Matter protests in the city have caused a spike in the number of infections of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus, contradicting what he said two days earlier.
“Over the course of the coming week, it is estimated that [1 out of 140] will fall to 1 out of 100 or even 1 out of 70 residents of LA county,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti earlier this week. “We follow the data closely. There’s no evidence yet that the protests led to much spread though it’s something that Doctor Ferrer has hypothesized, but we haven’t seen any conclusive evidence there.”
“People still can obviously and should exercise their First Amendment rights. This is a critical moment not to let up with that,” he said, according to Fox11.
On Monday, LA County suffered the largest one-day number of new infections since the beginning of the pandemic, with over 100,000 new infections.
Garcetti had changed his mind, however, and said on Wednesday that the protests ARE more than likely causing the spike in infections. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Garcetti said he had conferred with LA County’s director of public health, who informed him the protests were increasing the spread of the virus.
“I talked again with Doctor Ferrer about that this morning. She does think some of the spread did come from our protests,” he said. “It’s not the act of protesting—that’s a great and American thing to do no matter what your opinion is … but protesting without maintaining physical distancing, without wearing your mask, without having sanitizer—we just have to be smart. Whether you’re at a protest or at your home, whether in your workplace or whether you’re out shopping, these rules don’t change.”
He added, “We do believe there is a connection, we don’t believe that everybody has been doing this safely, and wherever you can, please stay at home.”
Ferrer stressed the conditions for increasing your chances of becoming infected were very real in crowded areas, such as protests.
“We’ve been really honest and said from the beginning that for any people that are in crowded situations for long periods of time—which long for us means more than 15 minutes—where you’re in close contact with people, less than six feet apart and people aren’t wearing a cloth face covering you have a heightened risk of either transmitting the virus if you are an asymptomatic spreader, or getting the virus from someone else who is spreading because they also are an asymptomatic spreader,” she said, reported Fox News.