Thousands headed to indoor Trump rally, raising virus fears

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People wait in downtown Tulsa, Okla., to enter President Donald Trump's campaign rally on Saturday, June 20, 2020. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

By SEAN MURPHY and CLAUDIA LAUER, the Associated Press

Tens of thousands of people from many states are converging on Tulsa for an indoor rally for President Donald Trump and surrounding events. That’s raising concerns that the gatherings could help fuel nascent spikes of coronavirus cases in many places. State and city health department officials were already bracing for a possible surge in COVID-19 cases from large outdoor demonstrations against police brutality held across the country. Now the Trump rally Saturday is shaping up to be the first indoor event of such a massive scale since the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Some experts say the larger factor will be how those attendees act when they return home.