President Trump will speak to thousands of his supporters in Arizona on Tuesday as the state is experiencing an increase in coronavirus cases that shows no signs of slowing down.
Trump will visit Yuma, Arizona, to tour border wall construction operations before heading to Phoenix to speak at an event organized by conservative advocacy group Turning Point Action. Approximately 3,000 arizonios are expected to attend.
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The President’s visit comes when the Grand Canyon state has a coronavirus crisis on its hands. As of Tuesday morning, Arizona has 54,599 COVID-19 cases, and has doubled the number of cases in just 15 days, according to NBC News‘bill. Monday state They reported 2,196 new cases, and there have been a total of 1,342 deaths.
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As the number of cases continues to rise, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) reversed his position on the masks last week, allowing counties and cities to make the decision as to whether they will require their residents to wear masks when they cannot. adhere to social networks. distancing guide.
“We recommend that all Arizonans wear a face mask,” Ducey said during a press conference last week. “As long as you can’t socially distance yourself. At the supermarket. In the pharmacy. In the bank. When you are on public transport. We are going to change and update the orientation so that local governments can implement mask and face coverage policies so that they can determine the application. ”
In Phoenix, the mayor has decided to make the masks mandatory for people inside buildings who cannot put 6 feet between themselves and others.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego (D) said CNN She hopes all attendees at Tuesday’s event will meet the requirement, including the president, who has not adhered to recommendations from public health experts to cover his face.
“Right now it’s not safe to have big events, either for the President of the United States or for a big indoor sports event,” Gallego told CNN.
the organizers behind the event they say they expect attendees to wear face masks in accordance with local ordinances.
The event comes immediately after Trump’s controversial campaign rally on Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where most attendees chose not to wear masks challenging the guidance of public health officials.
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