Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ruled out imposing lockdowns in his state amid an increase in coronavirus cases.
Abbott said in an interview that there won’t be “any more lockdowns” in Texas, adding that he will focus on “working to heal those who have COVID.”
“As some communities experience a rise in hospitalizations, the state of Texas is working closely with local officials to quickly provide the resources needed to address these spikes and keep Texans safe,” spokeswoman Renae Eze said in a statement.
Texas has seen more than 1 million cases of the coronavirus and over 20,000 deaths.
Abbott joins Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republican South Gov. Kristi Noem in denouncing lockdowns.
“Today we are back down to 4,500 [cases] and a 7.3% positivity rate,” a spokesperson for DeSantis told CBS12 News this week. “We believe yesterday’s high number was due to a large submission file and skewed the numbers for that day.”
“The governor will not lockdown and hurt families who can’t afford to shelter in place for 6 weeks. Especially not for a virus that has a 99.8% survival rate. One area of concern is Assisted Living Facilities. Since those over 70 face the greatest threat from [COVID-19] the Governor is monitoring those numbers daily and is prepared to move therapeutic and prophylactic assets to those facilities as needed,” the spokesperson continued.
Noem has repeatedly rejected calls for lockdowns since the onset of the virus, tweeting last week that the restrictions don’t keep the virus from spreading.
“We already know that lockdowns DON’T stop the spread of the virus. However, they destroy small businesses and jobs, and they make it difficult for families to put food on the table,” she wrote.
Just like we said, Biden's team wants lockdowns.
We already know that lockdowns DON'T stop the spread of the virus. However, they destroy small businesses and jobs, and they make it difficult for families to put food on the table.https://t.co/ktDPedRM9e
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) November 12, 2020
The Republicans’ rejection of lockdown measures come as one of Joe Biden’s coronavirus advisers, Dr. Michael Osterholm, said the United States might have to implement a lockdown for four to six weeks to combat the spread.
“We have a big pool of money out there that we could borrow at historic low interest rates by the federal government. We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the lost wages for individual workers, losses to small companies and medium-sized companies, for cities, states, county governments,” Osterholm said.
“If we did that, then we could lock down for four to six weeks, and if we did that, we could drive the numbers down, like they did in Asia, like they did in New Zealand and Australia,” he said.
Another Biden coronavirus adviser, Dr. Vivek Murthy, said that a national lockdown would be “a measure of last resort.”
“In the spring, we didn’t know a lot about COVID. We responded, in a sense, with an on-off switch. We just shut things down because we didn’t know exactly how this was spreading and where it was spreading, but we learned a lot more since then,” Murthy said.
Author: Emma Colton
Source: Washington Examiner: Greg Abbott rules out any coronavirus lockdowns in Texas