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Miami-Dade County Mayor Calls Out Protests, Riots for Rise in Coronavirus Cases

Democrats and the media have forgotten about coronavirus, when it comes to protests and riots.

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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez pointed to the mass Black Lives Matter protests and riots as likely factors in the increased spread of the coronavirus disease in the past two weeks, acknowledging that the mass gatherings were uniquely dangerous to public health.

Gimenez was speaking on Face the News on Sunday morning.

I think obviously the protests had a lot to do with it. We had, you know, thousands of young people together outside, a lot of them not wearing masks. And we know when you do that, and you are talking, and you are chanting, etc., that really spreads the virus.”

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Democratic city and state officials across the country have largely ignored the threat of coronavirus spreading as a result of the mass gatherings, demonstrating shameless hypocrisy as they continue to enforce stringent social distancing restrictions on churches and private businesses. The recent riot movement may have been one of the largest in the nation’s history– coming at the uniquely dangerous moment of a viral pandemic that could be easily spread.

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So absolutely, the protests had something to do with it, but also our people, our residents, did not — I think they let their guard down and started to socialize. And again, that also has to do with it. So it’s all the above. I’m not saying it’s just that[the protests], but it was a contributing factor.

Florida has reinstated some coronavirus restrictions as the caseload of the virus surges in a second wave, coming curiously in the days and weeks after the protest movement placed thousands of people on the streets and cities of the state.

Wearing a mask is far from an ultimately foolproof measure in deterring the virus, although it is a strong safety measure. Protestors who congregate in large groups and chant vocalizations have a high risk of spreading coronavirus particles to those around them, but the events continue with the tacit support of formerly public-health focused Democratic officials.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio has spoken openly of his selective approach to social distancing, announcing his intention to give mass gatherers of Black Lives Matter a pass on account of “400 years of racism.”

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China Administered Anal Swab COVID Tests to US Diplomats, Says They Were Done “In Error” After State Department Complaint

The State Department says it never agreed to have US diplomats undergo anal swab testing.

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After subjecting US diplomats to anal swab COVID-19 tests, the Chinese government has said the tests were “in error” and that they would stop administering them.

A State Department spokesperson told VICE News that the department “never agreed to this kind of testing and protested directly to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs when we learned that some staff were subject to it.”

The Chinese government responded by claiming that the anal swab tests were given “in error.” Although they are required for incoming travelers in certain parts of China, diplomats are supposed to be exempt.

China also said “we have instructed staff to decline this test if it is asked of them, as was done in the past.” If true, the diplomats either willingly took the anal swab test or simply forgot that they had the option to decline. But it is also possible that they were never told they could decline, or that the authorities forced them rather than “asked” them.

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Some Chinese authorities maintain that anal swab testing is more effective than traditional testing procedures like throat and nose swabs, though there is disagreement on that matter:

Officials in Beijing are using anal swabs to test for COVID-19 in children as young as nine years old, arguing that this manner of testing is more effective than traditional measures.

Li Tongzeng, who works as deputy director in charge of infectious disease for Beijing You’an Hospital, is claiming that COVID-19 lasts longer in the anus. This is the public health reason being used to violate children in China.

Yang Zhanqiu, who works as deputy director for the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University, believes that anal swabs are not adequate for testing. He argues that nasal and throat swabs are more effective because the virus is typically contracted through the upper respiratory tract.

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