Virus, protests darken US Independence Day weekend


Virus, protests darken US Independence Day weekend
Critics of the president have accused Trump of politicising celebrations. PHOTO: AP

The United States is marking its Independence Day in a somber mood, as a record surge in coronavirus cases, widespread anti-racism protests, and an angry speech from President Donald Trump have cast a shadow over what normally are festive celebrations.

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted the closing of popular beaches — normally packed on the July 4 weekend — on both coasts, as California and Florida suffer alarming surges in virus cases. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a stark warning: “You should assume everyone around you is infectious.”

Across the country, Main Street parades have been canceled, boisterous backyard barbecues scaled down, and family reunions put off amid worries about air travel and concerns about spreading the virus.

Some events will be held virtually, as states and cities grapple with a new surge in the coronavirus, using a mix of admonitions and…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper