March 16, 2020
America’s top health body – the centres for disease control and prevention (CDC) – has recommended there be no gatherings of more than 50 people for the next two months to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.
As the number of infections across the US reached around 3,300 and the number of deaths stood at least at 62, the CDC issued recommendations which, if followed, would be the most strict yet.
“Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of Covid-19 in the United States via travellers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities,” it said.
“Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organisations and communities but also by individuals.”
It added: “Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organisers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.”