Gavin Newsom, California Governor, speaks during a press conference in Sacramento, California
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California Governor Gavin Newsom canceled his planned coronavirus update on Wednesday out of “caution” after a crowd of protesters who supported President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol.
“We are concerned for the safety of the California Congress delegation and US Capitol staff and we endeavor to provide assistance in any way we can,” the Democratic governor said in a statement, adding that he was concerned about the safety of his own office staff California too.
“Peaceful protest is an important mechanism of our democracy, but what we are seeing in our nation’s Capitol is reprehensible and an outright attack on our democracy and democratic institutions,” Newsom said.
The news comes as California faces the deadliest days of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to a CNBC analysis of the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, the state reports around 354 Covid-19 deaths daily, a record average per week and an increase of nearly 49% compared to a week ago.