(CNN)Two days after announcing coronavirus cases were climbing at a frightening clip — notably in two parishes that make up most of metro New Orleans — Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards made a plea for a major disaster declaration Tuesday. Louisiana pastor continues holding servicesThe declaration would provide various agencies with additional federal resources as they combat the pandemic. “I have determined that this incident is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of state and local governments,” Edwards wrote in a letter to the White House. This follows his assertion during a Sunday news conference that “there is no reason to believe that we won’t be the next Italy. … We have the fastest growth rate of confirmed cases in the world in the first 13 days right here.”Parishes rank among the worstLate Monday, The Times-Picayune/The New Orleans Advocate published a story reporting that with the focus on California, New York and Washington locales, New Orleans had been overlooked, despite having some of the highest infection rates in the nation. The numbers move quickly as Covid-19 spreads, but CNN’s own analysis of county-level data collected by Johns Hopkins University showed that as of noon

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