De Blasio claims spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations not linked to massive protests

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Friday a 75 percent spike in coronavirus hospitalizations since a day earlier but rejected the suggestion that the spread could have been caused by massive protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd.

"I would be surprised if that's what's causing it," de Blasio said Friday of the sustained demonstrations that have broken out in the Big Apple and cities throughout the world. "I think we're much more likely in the next week [or] 10 days to see a manifestation, if there is one."

Still, de Blasio urged all demonstrators to get tested for COVID-19 and warned that protesting is risky during the pandemic.

"It is dangerous to be close together," de Blasio said Friday at a press conference after another night of protests in ... (Read more)