Louisiana coronavirus cases jump to more than 4,000

The rising crisis didn't stop hundreds from attending Sunday services at Life Tabernacle Church, which outraged neighbors.
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Transcript for Louisiana coronavirus cases jump to more than 4,000
And we're across the south this evening as well, cases spiking in the newest hot spots. We took note of what we heard from Dr. Deborah birx, warning that no state will remain untouched. Here's Marcus Moore from new Orleans. Reporter: Tonight, for the first time since hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans convention center transformed to deal with an unfolding catastrophe. The usually vibrant city is bracing. This is the historic French quarter. It is shut down tonight. Health officials fear mardi gras which brought thousands of people here to bourbon street may have helped to spread the highly contagious virus. Over the weekend, cases in Louisiana jumping from roughly 2,700 on Friday to just over 4,000 today. We still have an awful lot of work to do to try to flatten the curve. Reporter: But that didn't stop hundreds from flocking to Sunday services at life tabernacle church outside baton Rouge. They were all spread out, probably, you know, 1,200 or so. Reporter: Some of the church's neighbors, outraged. We have a right, too. Y'all need to shut that church down. Reporter: In Tampa, one megachurch pastor also defying stay at home orders. People have gone totally crazy. As the president said, he wants to get everybody back worshipping god come Easter Sunday. That needs to happen. Reporter: But hours later, the president changed his tune. And tonight, that pastor under arrest. His reckless disregard for human life put hundreds of people in his congregation at risk and thousands of residents who may interact with them this week in danger. Reporter: David, the governor of Louisiana said it's grossly irresponsible to ignore the state at home order. Saying that it makes it more likely that the virus will spread.

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