- Donald Trump held an indoor rally with 20,000 seating in Tulsa, Oklahoma during the pandemic
- Health Official claims it has caused a spike in COVID-19 cases in Tulsa
Donald Trump is seeing himself surrounded with criticism over a controversial campaign rally he held in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month which likely contributed to a spike in the number of Coronavirus cases says a top local health official on Wednesday.
Dr Bruce Dart said Tulsa has reported hundreds of fresh cases of the novel Coronavirus in the past 2 days. Dr Bruce Dart is the Health Director of the city and the county.
When a reporter asked if Trump’s campaign event at the Bank of Oklahoma Center which held on the 20th June could be a reason for the surge in Coronavirus cases, Dr Dart said, “In the past few days, we’ve had almost 500 cases. And we know we had several large events a little over two weeks ago, which is about right. So I guess we just connect the dots,” referring to the rally and accompanying protests.
Dart said that several more days of results will be necessary to correctly determine if the spike on cases represents a trend.
Kayleigh McEnany, Spokeswoman from White House said she did not see any data which could confirm the allegations of Dr Datr.
Tim Murtaugh, spokesman for Trump campaign said, “There were no health precautions to speak of as thousands looted, rioted and protested in the streets and the media reported that it did not lead to a rise in coronavirus cases,”.
Murtaugh added, “Meanwhile, the President’s rally was 18 days ago, all attendees had their temperature checked, everyone was provided a mask, and there was plenty of hand sanitizer available for all. It’s obvious that the media’s concern about large gatherings begins and ends with Trump rallies,”.
Donald Trump who is a Republican has come under huge criticism for holding his campaign event – his first in around 180 days – at a nearly 20,000 seating indoor arena when the country is facing a rise in COVID-19 cases.
The campaign predicted that the rally will fetch a record turnout, however, majority of the seats were seen empty.
The democrats are suggesting that this rally was timed poorly given the weeks of protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man, who was kneed down by a Minneapolis Police officer.
Currently, the US is the worst hit COVID-19 country in the world with more than 3.1 million or 31,58,932 reported cases and 134,862 death till date.