As civil unrest spreading across the United States shows no sign of abating, public health officials are warning that the massive, countrywide demonstrations against police brutality could be followed by a sudden increase in coronavirus cases.

“We still have pockets of spread in communities that aren’t under good control,” former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a Sunday interview on CBS News’s “Face the Nation.” Minnesota, the epicenter of the protests, has seen an uptick in new cases and hospitalizations in recent days, he noted.

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