Any uncertainty about venturing out during a coronavirus pandemic has seemingly been cast aside to shed light on police brutality after watching the video of George Floyd pinned under the knee of a Minneapolis officer. They’ve chanted slogans and shouted Floyd’s name, some without masks. During arrests, police have loaded them into vehicles and holding cells — without social distancing.
But despite the sudden shift, the truth is coronavirus isn’t over. So far this week, 4,430 people have been reported dead in the US, an average of 886 a day. Of the total number of deaths this week, 1,036 were reported in the past 24 hours.
And by late Thursday, the virus had killed more than 108,000 people in the United States and infected at least 1.8 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Officials fear those numbers will rise significantly with the protests.