Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert and member of the President’s working group on coronaviruses, says he doesn’t understand why not all states have issued residence orders in order to curb the spread of the virus.
Alabama is one of the few states that has yet to issue a formal home stay or shelter order. Citing economic concerns, Governor Kay Ivey resisted order, but the state closed “non-essential” businesses and restricted public gatherings.
“The governor’s priority is to protect the health, safety and well-being of all Alabamians, and their well-being also depends on the ability to have a job and support themselves and their families.” “Said Ivey spokesperson Gina Maiola. “There are many factors surrounding an on-site statewide shelter, and Alabama is not in a place where we are ready to make this call. “
Speaking outside CNN’s town hall on Thursday evening, however, Fauci said he didn’t “understand why (home orders do not happen)”.
“If you look at what’s going on in this country, I just don’t understand why we don’t do this. We really should be, “said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
However, he stopped calling for a national order.
“You know, the tension between federal law and the rights of states to do what they want is something I don’t want to touch on,” he said.
Currently, each state around Alabama has issued a Home Stay Order.
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