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Coronavirus cases skyrocket in U.S., Trump plans mass gathering

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 4, 2020
As coronavirus cases spike, public health officials are pleading with Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations, but subdued is not President Donald Trump’s style, and he aimed to go big, promising a special evening in Washington that could bring tens of thousands to the National Mall.
Donald Trump
President   Donald Trump
Trump’s “Salute for America” celebration on Saturday evening was to include a speech from the White House South Lawn that he said would celebrate American heritage, as well as a military flyover over the city and an enormous fireworks display that could pack people downtown.

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His participation in big gatherings comes as many communities have decided to scrap fireworks, parades and other holiday traditions.

The goal is to try to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, which large gatherings could spur.

Confirmed cases are climbing in 40 states, and the U.S. set another record Friday with 52,300 newly reported infections, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.