Tourism And Entertainment Industry Stifled By Coronavirus Restrictions In Major U.S. Cities

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 17: A sign gives notice to visitors that Buckhead Theater is closed to the public due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on March 17, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. The tourism and entertainment industries have been hit hard by restrictions in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) An Emory University professor is urging Governor Brian Kemp to "act now" before the state passes what he calls "the point of no return."

Dr. Carlos Del Rio tweeted on Saturday that the state is rapidly approaching a catastrophe in the state's healthcare system and Governor Kemp must "shut down" Georgia.

Del Rio says if no action is taken, the number of people contracting the virus will vastly outnumber the available beds in Georgia hospitals. He provided a chart that details the number of expected cases in the state, saying there could be nearly 300,000 hospitalizations in the state by April 24 as a result of the virus. He also says there's expected to be just 20,000 available beds in the state at that time.

Dr. Del Rio also warns that if people continue to practice good 'social distancing,' there's still expected to be as many as 84,000 hospitalizations by May 10. He says the only way to combat the crisis is a three-month shelter in place or a Wuhan-style three month lockdown.

Dr. Del Rio says if things continue as they are, the 'point of no return' to prevent a hospital overload is between March 24 and March 29. 

He also has some dire predictions in a chart that you can access here.

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