Atlanta’s mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, called on protesters roaming the streets of her city to “test the Corona virus”, warning that the epidemic “is still killing black and brown skin in great numbers.”
The United States has witnessed more than 1.7 million injuries and nearly 104,000 deaths from the epidemic, which has unevenly affected the country’s ethnic minorities.
Demonstrations erupted in several American cities to protest the killing of George Floyd, an African American, with the participation of thousands in Atlanta and elsewhere, and in some places turned violent.
Health experts fear that silent HIV-positive carriers could unintentionally infect others in protests in which many participate without masks, which could be a precursor to the United States’ exposure to a second wave of coronavirus outbreaks.
Statistics show that corona deaths are more among ethnic minorities, especially Africans and Latinos, due to economic conditions and overcrowding in residential neighborhoods, as scientists believe.
The Minnesota Health Commissioner, who witnessed the accident, warned that the protests would fuel new infections “almost certainly”, and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frye said, “We have two crises, one above the other.”
Many countries witnessed the easing of closure procedures. On Sunday, many Americans returned to prayer in churches after weeks of closure, and mosques were opened in the United States and many countries in the Middle East and the Islamic world.
In Europe, trade unions broke the curfew and their members demonstrated in protest against the difficult conditions they face.
In London, thousands demonstrated, Sunday, chanting “No justice! No peace!” While carrying banners reading “Justice for George Floyd” and “Racism is a global issue.” Many protesters wore no masks, and Trafalgar Square was crowded with crowds of protesting protesters.
But Jonathan Van Tam, the deputy chief physician in England, warned that the situation was still precarious even before the Sunday protests in London. Britain has seen nearly 38,500 deaths from the virus, the second highest in the world after the United States.
“I think this is a very dangerous moment,” he said. “We have to do it right.”
Hong Kong police used tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets to disperse the protests in recent weeks
More than 6 million injuries have been reported worldwide, with nearly 370,000 deaths, according to a toll from Johns Hopkins University.
The true number of deaths is believed to be much higher, and experts say many victims have died from the virus without discovering their infection.