A New York Metropolis politician is claiming that “racism” – not crowds gathering in massive, tightly packed teams to protest the demise of George Floyd – could be accountable if there’s a spike in coronavirus circumstances within the weeks forward.
Mark Levine, who’s the chairman of the New York City Council Committee on Well being, made the comment Wednesday regardless of repeatedly urging the town’s residents in current months to socially distance to forestall the unfold of COVID-19, which has contaminated and killed extra folks there than another place within the nation.
“Let’s be clear about one thing: if there’s a spike in coronavirus circumstances within the subsequent two weeks, do not blame the protesters. Blame racism,” Levine wrote on Twitter.
“And let’s keep in mind that the police are growing covid threat by utilizing tear gasoline, herding demonstrators into tight areas [and] placing folks in crowded jails,” the Democrat added.
New York Metropolis – like many different locations across the U.S. – has seen each day protests calling for police reform and accountability following the demise of Floyd, a black man who died on Might 25 after he was handcuffed and pinned down by a white officer in Minneapolis who additionally kneeled on his neck for greater than eight minutes.
However as a substitute of maintaining a minimum of six ft aside, many demonstrators displaying up on the protests have been flouting social distancing guidelines, whereas others are selecting to hitch the crowds with out sporting masks. Well being officers and governors, in response, have warned that their actions might result in one other spike in circumstances simply as many cities have reported bringing the lethal virus below management.
New York Metropolis’s Division of Well being, as of Wednesday afternoon, has reported a whole of 16,933 deaths from the coronavirus. Information reveals that the town’s black and African-American residents usually tend to contract the coronavirus and be hospitalized from it in comparison with another ethnicity — and make up a minimum of 4,704 of the deaths.
The feedback from Levine Wednesday are a departure from a few of the recommendation he has given to locals in current months.
In late March, Levine warned in a tweet that “NYC’s hospital system is about to be over run. Here is what it’s worthwhile to do to blunt the influence: 1. SLOW THE SPREAD by staying dwelling.”
A couple of weeks later, whereas pushing for streets to be closed so New Yorkers which might be outside might have extra space to socially distance, Levine said, “When folks should exit, we have to give them room to unfold out.”
After which the day earlier than Floyd died, Levine posted on Twitter that congregating in massive teams exterior of bars carries a medium to excessive threat of catching COVID-19.
“The bigger the group, the upper the probability of publicity. Put on masks besides in the mean time you drink. Bear in mind shut speaking is believed to unfold the virus,” he wrote.
Levine’s newest remarks about blaming racism for any upcoming spike in coronavirus circumstances had been met with skepticism and criticism on Twitter Wednesday.
“This assertion is profoundly corrosive of the direly wanted public belief in well being authorities within the midst of a pandemic,” one user wrote.
“No. It’s squarely on the protesters… and that’s a threat persons are keen to take for his or her trigger,” said another.
“By some means, he stays chair of the NYC Council well being committee. After NYC had the worst virus outbreak maybe in the whole world. Now he is endorsing MORE mass gatherings,” a third user fumed.
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