Gov. Charlie Baker is scheduled to hold a press conference Thursday afternoon, as both the country and Massachusetts take stock of the mob attack in the nation’s capital Wednesday and amid a still-raging COVID-19 pandemic.
According to his office, Baker is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. at the State House in Boston, alongside Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, and Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy.
Baker said Monday that he planned to announce “toward the end of the week” whether the administration would be extending his pre-Christmas order that reduced capacity limits for most businesses and other indoor settings to 25 percent maximum occupancy, amid fears of another holiday-induced surge of COVID-19 cases. The order, which also reduced the limit on public gatherings, is currently scheduled to expire Sunday, Jan. 10.
Massachusetts reported another 6,419 cases of COVID-19 and 99 deaths due to the disease on Wednesday, as coronavirus hospitalizations in the state continue to rise. According to the Department of Public Health’s daily report Wednesday, there were 2,416 people in Massachusetts hospitalized due to COVID-19.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Massachusetts has reported 386,052 cases of COVID-19 and 12,563 confirmed deaths due to the disease.
Baker’s press conference Thursday also comes after supporters of President Donald Trump violently stormed and vandalized the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., forcing lawmakers to evacuate and delaying the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in this past fall’s election. The siege, which came after Trump encouraged followers to march on the Capitol, resulted in the deaths of four people.
In a statement Wednesday afternoon, Baker called on the president, a fellow Republican, to condemn the violence, which he called the “sad but predictable outcome of weeks of attacks, perpetrated by President Trump and his supporters against the democratic process.”
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