Transcript for New spike in COVID-19 cases as protests continue
This is a country as we have been reporting with two crises at once. In the coronavirus pandemic, the number of cases rising in at least 18 states. Including New York City as well. Hospitalizations up sharply since trending down in early April. Are the protests playing a role? And the warning now about bleach and household products being used on food and people. ABC's Steve osunsami at the CDC in Atlanta. Reporter: The forecast from the CDC is sobering tonight. Up to 143,000 total coronavirus deaths in America by the end of this month. Just as things were improving in New York City, there's an alarming jump tonight in the number of people hospitalized with covid-19. A 75% jump in just one day. And the city's mayor says it's too early to know if it's because of the large crowds at protests in the streets. I would be surprised if that's what's causing it. I think we're much more likely in the next week, ten days, to see a manifestation, if there is one. Reporter: New York state as whole has turned a corner, reporting 42 deaths on Thursday -- its lowest daily number of deaths in eight weeks. Authorities at the CDC say that they do believe the virus is marching with protesters around the country and could increase infections. I do think there is a potential, unfortunately, for this to be a seeding event. In Los Angeles, they're telling protesters to self-quarantine when they get home. 18 states plus Puerto Rico are seeing increases in new cases. In Salt Lake City, where businesses are now open, authorities believe that people getting together on mother's day and memorial day has led to more people getting sick. I tell my patients, if your workplace is reopening, it doesn't mean that there's no covid in your workplace. Reporter: There's also this unusual warning from the CDC tonight -- a number of Americans afraid of the coronavirus are drinking bleach and using to it clean their skin and food. They say that needs to stop. World health authorities tonight are once again changing their recommendations for face coverings, saying if they're made of fabric, they need at least three pieces of cloth to be effective.
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