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The Financial Express

Anti-racism protests increase risk of coronavirus spread: UK health minister

Published: June 07, 2020 18:55:37 | Updated: June 11, 2020 13:01:41


Demonstrators holding signs during a Black Lives Matter protest in Parliament Square, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in London, Britain on Saturday. –Reuters Photo Demonstrators holding signs during a Black Lives Matter protest in Parliament Square, following the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, in London, Britain on Saturday. –Reuters Photo

Anti-racism protests attended by thousands of people in London and other major British cities "undoubtedly" risk causing an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases again, British health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday.

Thousands of people attended protests on Saturday to voice their anger at police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, ignoring government advice to avoid large gatherings due to the risk from coronavirus, reports Reuters.

Asked during an interview on Sky News whether the number attending protests made an increase in COVID-19 cases more likely, Hancock said: "It is undoubtedly a risk."

"I support very strongly the argument that is being made by those who are protesting ... but the virus itself doesn’t discriminate and gathering in large groups is temporarily against the rules precisely because it increases the risk of the spread of this virus." 

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