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CDC Recommends Events Of More Than 50 People Be Cancelled (Which Includes Trump Rallies)


CDC Recommends Events Of More Than 50 People Be Cancelled (Which Includes Trump Rallies)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday urged Americans to cancel all in-person events of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks to try and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Events of any size should only be continued if they can be carried out with adherence to guidelines for protecting vulnerable populations, hand hygiene, and social distancing,” the CDC said. “When feasible, organizers could modify events to be virtual.”

The guidance, which comes as governors across the country directed bars and restaurants to close down with the exception of carryout or delivery business, does not apply to large organizations such as schools, universities or businesses, the CDC said, though many of those institutions have implemented telework or online classes. The advisory does not supersede direction from state and local officials.

“This recommendation is made in an attempt to reduce introduction of the virus into new communities and to slow the spread of infection in communities already affected by the virus,” the agency said. “This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials.”

More than 3,200 people in the U.S. are confirmed to have the coronavirus, and roughly 62 people have died from the disease as of Sunday afternoon.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, would not elaborate on the guidance on Sunday but did not rule out the potential for a national lockdown similar to what is taking place in Italy.

“The worst is yet ahead for us,” he said. “It is how we respond to that challenge that’s going to determine what that ultimate endpoint is going to be.”


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