Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti now admits protests in the city DID lead to a spike in coronavirus cases after he previously insisted there was no link

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has admitted recent protests and mass demonstrations have led to a spike in coronavirus cases in the city.
Garcetti revealed during a press conference on Wednesday that LA County health officials believe some of the new COVID-19 cases may have come from large groups of people gathering at rallies.  
'I talked again with [Director of Public Health] Dr Barbara Ferrer about that this morning. She does think some of the spread did come from our protests,' the mayor told reporters. 
Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured at a demonstration on June 2) has admitted recent protests may have contributed to a spike in coronvirus cases in Los Angeles.
Mayor Eric Garcetti (pictured at a demonstration on June 2) has admitted recent protests may have contributed to a spike in coronvirus cases in Los Angeles. 
Members of Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles gather at a demonstration outside LAUSD headquarters last month
Members of Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles gather at a demonstration outside LAUSD headquarters last month
'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.' 
Garcetti had been asked if there was a link between the new cases and protests after the city - and most parts of California - saw a  sharp spike in infections in the last two weeks. 
The mayor noted that it was likely some people were not being conscious of the health risks nor were they taking proper precautions while going out to protest. 
'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.'
Garcetti's comments came after he had said there was no evidence to support cases were emerging from protests during a press conference on Monday. 


As of Thursday, LA County had a total of 105,325 cases and 3,402 deaths, according to data from the department of public heath
As of Thursday, LA County had a total of 105,325 cases and 3,402 deaths, according to data from the department of public heath
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the shutdown on Wednesday, days after imposing a statewide order requiring all residents to wear masks in most public places
Governor Gavin Newsom announced the shutdown on Wednesday, days after imposing a statewide order requiring all residents to wear masks in most public places 
The mayor said he supported Governor Gavin Newsom's decision to close bars in LA county after it recorded its largest number of new infections in a single day and that 1 in 140 people had been infected, Fox LA reported.
However, Garcetti refused to speculate whether protests were contributing to the spike.
'We follow the data closely. There's no evidence yet that the protests led to much spread though it's something that Dr Ferrer has hypothesized, but we haven't seen any conclusive evidence there,' he said. 
'People still can obviously and should exercise their First Amendment rights. This is a critical moment not to let up with that,' he added.
Dr Ferrer later confirmed the link in a statement to Fox News
'In situations where people are close together for longer periods of time and it's very crowded, we are certain that there is going to be spread. So, we've never said that there's no spread from people who were protesting,' she said. 
As of Thursday, LA County had a total of 105,325 cases and 3,402 deaths, according to data from the department of public heath. 
Governor Newsom on Wednesday was forced to shut bars and indoor operations at restaurants, movie theaters and museums in 19 counties, as infections continue to spread at an alarming rate.   
The number of new cases in California has increase nearly 50 per cent over the last two weeks, with a 43 per cent spike in hospitalizations. 
As of Monday, there were 222,917 confirmed cases in the state and 5,980 deaths, according to state's public health department. 
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti now admits protests in the city DID lead to a spike in coronavirus cases after he previously insisted there was no link Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti now admits protests in the city DID lead to a spike in coronavirus cases after he previously insisted there was no link Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 06:45 Rating: 5

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