Coronavirus chaos intensifies as Coachella cancelled for second year in a row

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The event typically takes place each April in California’s Riverside County.

However the Golden State has been hit by an intensifying surge of Covid cases with health authorities detecting a new and potentially more infectious mutation.

Dr Cameron Kaiser, public health officer for Riverside County, said the event can’t go ahead due to high Covid-19 levels.

He said: “If Covid-19 were detected at these festivals, the scope and number of attendees and the nature of the venue would make it infeasible, if not impossible, to track those who may be placed at risk.

California governor Gavin Newsom issued a stay-at-home order for Californian citizens on March 19.

Stagecoach, a festival which takes place on the same site in April, has also been cancelled.

The event attracts over 70,000 fans of country music.

More than 25 million coronavirus cases have been reported in the United States, more than in any other country.

These have been blamed for the deaths of 433,000 people in the country.

Joe Biden, the new US president, has imposed tougher restrictions to fight the pandemic.

On January 21 he tweeted: “Wearing masks isn’t a partisan issue — it’s a patriotic act that can save countless lives.

“That’s why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It’s time to mask up, America.”


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