Illinois Governor JB Pritzker issued stern reminder of the devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Friday after he was asked about Chicago Mayor Lightfoot’s remarks that bars and restaurants are not the source Main infection in the city.
Pritzker’s decision to shut down indoor dining in Chicago and regions across the state has been met with anger from business owners who have suffered since the first round of restrictions in March. . State officials said the decision was made due to an increase in the positive rate during the “second outbreak” of the pandemic.
Lightfoot, who voiced disagreement with Pritzker’s decision on Wednesday, said the restaurant “was the industry most affected”; and she worries many people may not be able to come back.
When Illinois saw nearly 7,000 new coronavirus infections on Friday, the highest in a day and the highest number of tests since the start of the pandemic, Pritzker said he would do everything in his power. yourself to reduce the infection rate.
“… Reminds you that people are dying. Period,” he said at Friday’s daily press conference. “We just had 6,900 people diagnosed with coronavirus. That’s more than what we’ve ever seen in this state … The number of hospitalizations is growing now. The number of people is almost double from a few weeks ago. . ”
Pritzker said Thursday there were dozens of studies and articles about outbreaks in bars and restaurants, saying the facilities were “sprawling venues.”
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“I will fight this virus,” said Pritzker. “We have to take these numbers down, and you know why, so we can reopen bars and restaurants?”
But in the city of Chicago, Lightfoot says gatherings in private social environments, such as at home, are the primary source of disease, not bars and restaurants.
“If we see the restaurants and bars that are the source of the boom – as we have done in every other context – then we will drastically tackle those problems,” said the mayor. “We haven’t seen that yet.”
Lightfoot and the restaurant owner were not the only ones to speak out.
Republican lawmakers in Lake and McHenry counties, where coronavirus restrictions increased starting Saturday, said they wanted to see data proving restaurants to be a major contributor to the spread. coronavirus in their region.