Texas Government Says No More Shutdowns after recording the high number of cases past weeks.
Texas Government Says No More Shutdowns after recording the high number of cases past weeks. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said Thursday there will be “no more shutdowns,” despite the state recording more than 100,000 cases of the coronavirus over the past week.
We all know that many countries are preparing for a second lockdown. But the USA government thinking of no shutdowns.
Abbott said during a press conference “One thing that has been clearly apparent, and that is there’s no governmental leader anywhere who has been able to figure out how COVID works,”. “So the fact of the matter is it is time to put behind us shutdowns. No more shutdowns. We need to focus on opening up businesses.”
Abbott went on to discuss other states that have imposed shutdowns, such as California, and how cases of the virus have continued to rise in those places.
He said, “We’ve seen these massive shutdowns of businesses in California that have led to only a greater spike in the spread of COVID-19,”.
“California has some of the toughest shutdowns that we have in the United States of America, and yet they are skyrocketing and leading the United States in the number of cases.
Texas was one of the first states to lift its stay-at-home order, on April 30. But on June 26, Abbott reimposed mitigation efforts, which required all bars to close at noon, as well as capacity limits on indoor restaurants and businesses.
These mitigation efforts were then eased in September when Abbott expanded capacity limits from 50 percent to 75 percent.
In October, Abbott issued a new executive order allowing bars and similar establishments to reopen at 50 percent capacity.
Abbott’s comments opposing shutdowns come as the state continues to see spikes in coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, Texas has reported more than 100,000 new cases of the virus over the past seven days, with over 20,000 new cases on both Thursday and Wednesday. Across Texas, there are now over 1.5 million confirmed cases of the virus, as well as at least 24,931 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University,