June 3, 2020 3:17 pm
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Chair of the New York City Council health committee Mark Levine tweeted Wednesday that ‘racism’ would be to blame for a potential spike in cases of the novel coronavirus in the weeks following massive protests and riots in reaction to the tragic death of George Floyd.

“Let’s be clear about something: if there’s a spike in coronavirus cases in the next two weeks, don’t blame the protestors. Blame racism,” he wrote.

Levine continued, “And let’s remember that the police are increasing covid risk by: using tear gas, herding demonstrators into tight spaces, putting people in crowded jails.”

The streets of New York have seen thousands of people in recent days, not keeping distance, and, some, not wearing masks. This comes after months of lockdown as city officials worked to mitigate the spread of the virus in the country’s epicenter. The city estimates that nearly 200,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus and that nearly 20,000 have died.