WASHINGTON – the Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott has become one of the social media trends, topic Tuesday, after he criticized the young residents of his state for what he says is their role in an outbreak of the coronavirus.
The answers to Abbott’s comments came from state leaders who said that he has not done enough to control the spread, while allowing Texas to reopen.
Abbott specifically called on the young people.
“What we see there is that the people of this age group, they are not following these best practices, health and safety,” he said in an interview Monday with Lubbock KLBK-TV. “They do not wear masks, they do not disinfect their hands, they are not maintaining the safety of the remoteness of the practice. And as a result, they are contracting COVID-19 at a record pace in the state of Texas.”
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Abbott, a Republican, have not provided any evidence of an increased incidence of infections among 20-somethings in his appearances on TELEVISION Monday. He said that it is difficult to say where these people were infected with COVID-19, but said on Tuesday that the increase could be from Memorial Day gatherings, bars, and social gatherings.
A Texas Department of State Health Services spokesman said Monday that it is too early to have accurate data on 20-somethings contracting COVID-19 at a record pace. San Antonio health officials said the majority of the new Bexar County cases of coronavirus are people in their 20s, according to the usa TODAY, the Network of the Austin American-Statesman newspaper.
The state of Texas has started to reopen at the end of the month of April. The Bars were allowed to open on May 22 with a limited capacity and Abbott announced on 3 June that Texas would enter into his third phase of reopening, which means that the restaurants could increase the capacity to 75%.
“We believe that a lot of people have let down their guards,” the governor said. “The summer is here. Things are opening. They feel like they can get out without having to wear a mask. “
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The member Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, called Abbott’s approach “very Trumpian” and said the governor was ” blam(ing) others “.
The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, who ran for the 2020 Democratic presidential elections and east Texas, writing, “Greg Abbott believes in” individual responsibility ” for all the world, except when it is his turn to take some. “
“You opened the bar too early, blocked cities require a mask, and failed to put enough tests and follow-up contacts in place. Lack of leadership, ” Castro tweeted.
USA TODAY has reached out to Abbott’s office for comment and additional information.
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“Govt. Abbott has followed Donald Trump’s orders at every turn, in its response to the pandemic, including to minimize the seriousness of the virus and plow through the reopening of phases,” Tara Pohlmeyer, communications director of Progress Texas, told USA TODAY in a written statement.
“There is a way to keep Texans safer, and that is to mandate wearing a mask in public places. The wearing of a mask to promote freedom by allowing the Texans to be in public safely. If we are truly in this together, all the Texans have the duty to protect each other and Govt. Abbott has the duty to take responsibility for his actions,” she continued.
Kendall Scudder, host of the Pod Bless Texas, tweeted: “Oh, look— the guy who opened the state against all the scientists and experts reccomendation is now blaming us for his failures. “
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After a steady increase in cases since the state is now in its third phase, in Texas, has recorded a new peak on Tuesday, reports 2,622 new cases and 2,518 Texans who have tested positive for the coronavirus are currently hospitalized.
Texas state officials and some city leaders have argued after Abbott began to re-open the state, with the local officials to take the case, it was too early to start the re-opening.
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A group of Texas mayors asked Abbott to require face coverings in public.
But Abbott has said on Tuesday that it would not require Texans to wear face coverings, adding that local authorities can impose fines on those who violate its decrees.
Contributing: Nicole Cobler, Mark D. Wilson, Austin American-Statesman
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