US city Tulsa sees Covid-19 surge over 2 weeks after Trump's campaign rally

WASHINGTON (July 9): United States city Tulsa, where President Donald Trump held his first campaign rally amid the coronavirus pandemic on June 20, is experiencing an increase in newly reported coronavirus cases, Xinhua news agency quoted the city's health department on Wednesday.

There are high numbers being reported this week in Tulsa, the second-largest city in US state Oklahoma, with nearly 500 new cases in two days and trends are showing that those numbers would go up, Dr Bruce Dart, executive director of the Tulsa Health Department, said at a press conference.

There had been a 20 per cent decline in new coronavirus cases the week of June 28 through July 4, according to a CNN report.

The Tulsa Health Department reported 266 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number in the county to 4,571.

Dart said there were several large events a little over two weeks ago, including Trump's rally. "I guess we just connect the dots," Dart was quoted as saying.

"The President's rally was 18 days ago, all attendees had their temperature checked, everyone was provided a mask, and there was plenty of hand sanitiser available for all," Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh told CNN.

About 6,200 people attended the rally in an indoor arena, according to the Tulsa Fire Department. Most of them did not wear a mask during the rally.

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