L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti Criticizes 'Premature Optimism,' 'False Hope' on Coronavirus


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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti painted a bleak picture of the fight against coronavirus on Wednesday, saying that people should not have “premature optimism” or “false hope,” and that the city would be shut down for two months.

In an interview with Business Insider, the second-term mayor sounded a fatalistic note:

In an interview with Insider, Garcetti pushed back against “premature optimism” in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, saying leaders who suggest we are on the verge of business as usual are putting lives at risk.

“I can’t say that strongly enough,” the mayor said. Optimism, he said, has to be grounded in data. And right now the data is [sic] not good.

“Giving people false hope will crush their spirits and will kill more people,” Garcetti said, adding it would change their actions by instilling a sense of normality at the most abnormal time in a generation.

“This

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