White Home Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany ripped the celebrations that occurred after information unfold of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, calling them “superspreader occasions” and asking Biden to denounce them.
Shortly after main information networks projected that Biden would win, backers of the Democrat took the streets round the US in celebration, honking horns, popping champagne, and gathering at landmarks, together with the White Home.
Nonetheless, the gatherings got here on a day the place 126,742 new COVID-19 circumstances had been recorded within the U.S., the third day in a row the full exceeded 120,000, in accordance with knowledge from Johns Hopkins.
Many who gathered on the varied occasions seem to have worn face masks however weren’t social distancing. The Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention recommends individuals preserve 6 toes other than these whom they don’t reside with when outdoors their properties. “The masks isn’t an alternative to social distancing,” the CDC additionally says on its web site.
“The place is @JoeBiden calling on the huge Tremendous Spreader occasions held in his identify to finish,” McEnany tweeted, sharing a video of the huge crowd that had gathered outdoors the White Home in Black Lives Matter Plaza in assist of Biden.
Biden received, a nation reacted:That is what a historic day within the US seemed like.
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris tweeted Sunday that “COVID-19 continues to be right here. Please proceed to put on a masks and apply social distancing.”
Whereas it is unknown whether or not the gatherings Saturday will result in an uptick in COVID-19 circumstances because the U.S. is already dealing with one other surge, Black Lives Matter protests in lots of cities across the nation earlier this summer time don’t seem to have been linked to coronavirus surges.
The CDC and different public well being officers have stated sporting a masks and social distancing are two of the primary methods to cease the unfold of COVID-19, but when social distance isn’t saved, being outdoors reasonably than inside is mostly safer.
Nonetheless, if the celebrations had been to result in a spike in circumstances, they would not be the primary “superspreader” occasion in Washington, D.C.
At an occasion within the Rose Backyard to announce the nomination of then-Decide Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Courtroom, greater than 200 individuals, most not sporting face coverings, gathered and sat inches aside. Movies and images confirmed Republican senators and White Home officers not conserving 6-feet of distance and in addition gathering inside whereas unmasked.
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McEnany and a minimum of dozens extra linked to the occasion examined constructive for COVID-19 within the days that adopted, and 1000’s extra individuals could have been uncovered, a USA TODAY investigation discovered.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses, referred to as the Rose Backyard occasion a “tremendous spreader,” saying “the info converse for themselves.”
Trump has additionally confronted criticism from many Democrats whereas campaigning for holding giant rallies the place a lot of his supporters weren’t sporting masks or social distancing.
Observe USA TODAY’s Ryan Miller on Twitter @RyanW_Miller