In this photo on March 24, 2019, Chicago mayor candidate Lori Lightfoot participated in a candidate forum. Lightfoot won the final election on April 2, 2019, becoming the city’s first black female mayor.
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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (Lori Lightfoot) on Thursday asked all residents to cancel Thanksgiving and stay at home unless they need to go to work or school or tend to basic needs, such as a doctor̵
Chicago said it will release a 30-day round-the-clock consultation service, asking people not to travel, let guests stay at home or do unnecessary things to deal with the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalization. city. “
Lightfoot said at a press conference that this is a serious life and death. “We are issuing a warning. We are at this turning point. We must do more than we have done.”
The announcement came as the virus continued to spread rapidly across the state. CNBC’s analysis of data collected by Johns Hopkins University showed that on Wednesday, the average daily news cases in Illinois hit a record high, and the number of cases has risen by more than 60% compared to a week ago.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said the state reported more than 12,700 new cases on Thursday. Lightfoot said Chicago has an average of 1,900 new cases every day.
Lightfoot said in a tweet that if the city continues to move forward, officials estimate that the virus will lose 1,000 Chicagoans by the end of this year.
Lightfoot said at the meeting: “This is not the flu or cold.” She added that although people feel unwell, the number of office workers is still increasing.
She said: “We are still a long way from where we need to be. We must commit, recommit ourselves to get us out of the foundation of the first wave.” He added that people need to wear masks, wash their hands and keep Distance to other.
Last month, Illinois Governor Jay Pritzker announced that Chicago’s bars and restaurants will no longer be allowed to serve customers indoors to control the spread of the coronavirus in the area. The party is also limited to 25 people or 25% of the total room capacity.
Correction: This article has been updated to reflect Chicago’s recommendation to stay at home.