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Black Lives Matter Event in Oklahoma Postponed After Virus Surge

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A Black Lives Matter protest (JASON REDMOND/AFP via Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 19 June 2020 04:25 PM

A spike of more than 800 new coronavirus cases over the last two days has forced organizers of Black Lives Matter to postpone an event celebrating Juneteenth in Oklahoma City on Friday, according to Tulsa World.

More than 10,000 people were expected to attend the event in honor of Juneteenth, the oldest commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Black vendors, performers, artists, and filmmakers were scheduled to showcase their talent at the inaugural event.

"We're crushed. We were so excited to do something that felt important and like a celebration and artistic. But we just have to put safety and public health first," Plaza District executive director Selena Skorman told Tulsa World.

The uptick in coronavirus cases also comes ahead of Saturday's massive rally for President Donald Trump in Tulsa. On Thursday, Oklahoma registered 459 new coronavirus cases, adding to the 259 it reported on Wednesday.

Over the last week, COVID-19 infections have gone up by about 90%, The Hill noted.

The rally on Saturday will be the first for Trump since the pandemic hit the United States earlier this year.

On Thursday, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, announced during a meeting with Trump and other governors that his state is "one of the first states that has safely and measurably reopened."

"Oklahoma is ready for your visit," Stitt said. "It's going to be safe, and everyone's really, really excited."

The arena holding the rally for Trump has capacity for 15,000 people. But no one will be required to wear masks upon entering. The Trump campaign has said that 1 million people have tried to get tickets for the event.

As of June 19, Oklahoma has 9,706 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 367 deaths, according to the state's health department.

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A spike of more than 800 new coronavirus cases over the last two days has forced organizers of Black Lives Matter to postpone an event celebrating Juneteenth in Oklahoma City on Friday.
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Friday, 19 June 2020 04:25 PM
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