Public officials across the country on Sunday warned that mass protests over police violence against African Americans could result in a spike in coronavirus infections. The protests in at least 75 cities have brought large crowds together, often shoulder to shoulder. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) warned that "thousands of people jammed in together in close proximity" could easily spread the virus. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) expressed the same concern. "I'm extremely concerned we are seeing mass gatherings," she told CNN. "We're going to see the other side of this in a couple of weeks." As states gradually reopen their severely damaged economies, the number of infections nationwide has risen to nearly 1.8 million, with more than 104,000 deaths.
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