“I have hope. That’s all I can do, “he said.
On Thursday, Department of Commerce data for the second quarter showed the worst recession in the U.S. economy since the Great Depression.
The sharp decline in gross domestic product occurred in April, after businesses, including restaurants, bars, theaters and factories, were closed to slow the spread of the virus.
The last high-ranking victim of COVID-19 was Herman Cain, a former Republican presidential candidate and supporter of President Donald Trump, who explicitly refused to wear a mask.
Cain was diagnosed with the disease in late June after a visit to Talsi, Oklahoma, at a rally on Trump, an event where many participants gathered close to each other without wearing face masks. Prices tweeed his photo at the event without a mask, surrounded by fellow Trump supporters.
“We have a heartache and the world is poorer: Herman Cain went to be with the Lord,” his website said in a statement.
Initially, the U.S. outbreak targeted the northeastern region around New York, which still has the highest number of deaths in any state, at more than 32,000.
On Thursday, Mark Levine, chairman of the New York City Council Health Committee, expressed concern that the area is once again experiencing an increase in cases targeting New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.