Just over two weeks after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Lifted Coronavirus mandates Allowing companies to operate at 100 percent capacity and making masks optional, the red status still indicates a decrease in cases and hospitalizations.
The governor defended his state’s success in a tweet Friday night saying, “Texas today recorded the lowest positive rate of COVID for 7 days since it started counting that data: 5.43%.”
“We have also recorded the largest daily number of vaccinations given to Texas: 342,849. Texas getting vaccinated will reduce the rate of positivity,” he said, adding that receiving the vaccine “was always voluntary.”
Texas reported 2,239 new infections on Saturday, nearly 500 fewer cases on average than the previous week, according to Data From the state Ministry of Health.
Biden criticized Abbott’s decision – which soon followed him to remove a similar state by Mississippi – describing it as “Neanderthal thinking”.
“We were able to move all the way through to the end of May to get enough [vaccines] “For every American, to get every adult American, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking,” Biden told reporters from the White House earlier this month.
As states increase the number of vaccines being administered in people’s arms, health officials have warned countries to lift preventive measures very quickly, as the highly contagious types of Coronavirus are on the increase.
“We were able to move all the way through to the end of May to get enough [vaccines] “For every American, to get every adult American to get an injection. The last thing we need is a neanderthal thinking,” Biden told reporters from the White House on Wednesday.
While Texas is reporting a decrease in the number of cases, the nation is reporting a 7% increase compared to the previous week, averaging about 7,000 new cases per day, said Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walinsky at a White House press conference on Friday.
“I’m still very concerned about that path,” said Walinsky. “We have seen cases and hospital admissions moved from historical downturns to recessions and increases. We know from previous sudden increases that if we don’t control things now, there is a real possibility that the epidemic curve will rise again.”
Walinsky said the US is vaccinating 2.5 million people daily, with more than 140 million doses administered so far – a trend that means the majority of the US population could be vaccinated by mid-June, if there are no problems with vaccine production and distribution.
“Please continue to wear the right mask for you and take public health measures now that we know that we can reverse these worrisome trends,” concluded the director.