The partial reopening of Texas this weekend has brought a dose of relief to many Lone Star State residents. The parks were filled with people who are no longer confined to their homes under the state foreclosure order. Shops, restaurants and cinemas opened for the first time in weeks.
But he also came across some disturbing news: for three days in a row, new cases of coronavirus in Texas have surpassed 1,000. On Thursday, the state recorded a record 50 deaths on a single day on Thursday. And new outbreaks have appeared in areas that previously had only a handful of confirmed infections.
“Everyone is scared,” Austin mayor Steve Adler (D) told NBC News on Saturday. “Obviously the economy is in trouble and people are looking to see what will happen next, but no one knows what will happen with the governor’s actions. “
Adler added that he wanted the governor to postpone the reopening for a week so the state could expand testing and contact tracing.
In Dallas, which recorded a record number of new cases on Friday, county judge Clay Jenkins urged residents to stay home as much as possible.
“We don’t want to blow up the curve because all it does is drag that,” said Jenkins, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The increase in cases in Texas is due in part to an increase in testing, although the state is still lagging behind others in terms of testing capacity, which currently stands at around 15,000 per day, as reported by the Texas Tribune.
Abbott said on Thursday, shortly before the release of the new figures, he was confident that the data allowed for a gradual reopening.
“All the key parameters are going in the right direction, and that is exactly why the doctors informed us that we had the green light to open up as far as we opened up,” he said in the Gallery.