New Orleans to crack down as Louisiana virus cases rise

New Orleans

By KEVIN MCGILL

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A task force of New Orleans health and safety officials will help the city crack down on large gatherings and businesses that don’t comply with social distancing orders as Louisiana deals with a surge of new COVID-19 cases. Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced the task force Wednesday during a news conference. It was held as Louisiana announced a statewide increase in confirmed cases of nearly 900 to 52,477. Cantrell and the city’s health director said there is an alarming increase in infections among young people. They said there are no indications of new clusters of the disease arising from recent protests against racial injustice.