The United States Centre For Disease Control and Prevention on June 7 said that it is closely monitoring Black Lives Matters protests happening across the country over the killing of George Floyd as large gatherings impose a huge risk of Coronavirus transmission. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson Kristen Nordlund in a statement on Sunday said that people gathering in large numbers make it difficult to maintain social distancing guidelines which may put others at risk of contracting COVID19.
However, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said that it is too early to know what effect the protests will have on the country's Coronavirus response. Earlier last week CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield at a House Appropriations hearing said that protesters should consider getting tested for Coronavirus as there is a high risk of transmission in metropolitan areas, where most of the demonstrations have been taking place. Director also advised authorities against using chemical agents such as tear gas because it can cause protesters to cough.
United States of America is witnessing widespread protests all over the country over killing of an unarmed African-Americam man George Floyd by a white police officer late last month. Black Lives Matter protests that initially started in United States later spread to other countries such as United Kingdom, Australia, France and Germany. Protesters are demanding reforms in policing and an end in racial profiling of people based on the colour of their skin.