As the number of new coronavirus cases in Texas continues to increase and hospitals are on the rise, Governor Greg Abbott said Thursday that there are no closures across the country. State.
Abbott said last week that if the spread of the virus does not slow, “the next step should be a lockdown.” But in a TV interview on Thursday, he said there had been rumors of such a decision and stressed that they were not true.
“Let me tell you, there is no stop coming,” he told KRIV-TV in Houston.
Abbott highlighted the measures he has taken in recent weeks, including a statewide mask warrant and a bar closure order, to slow the spread of the virus. It will take a few weeks to see a reversal of outbreaks of coronavirus cases, he said.
He stressed several times this week that if people wear masks, he can avoid closing the state. On Wednesday, he told KPRC-TV in Houston that it seemed like people were asking him about a shutdown “like a thousand times a day”.
“People are panicking, thinking that I am about to close Texas again,” he said. ” The answer is no. It is not the goal. I have been very clear. “
On Thursday, there were 10,457 people in Texas hospitals with the coronavirus. It was slightly down from the high of 10,569 on Tuesday, but still an 8% increase from a week ago and more than four times that of a month ago. Abbott described a “flattening” of hospitalizations. The state has reported 3,561 deaths from the virus.
“We are certainly not out of the woods yet, but that could be a glimmer of hope,” said Abbott of the recent hospital numbers. “But the only way to avoid stopping is to get everyone to join this process of wearing a face mask.” “
Earlier Thursday, Abbott defended his response against the coronaviruses to the Texas GOP convention after acknowledging widespread dissatisfaction among party members. Several Republican officials have voiced criticism of the order of Abbott masks across the state.
“The last thing we want is to close Texas,” he said at the virtual convention.
But the Democrats continued to push Abbott to take more action to stop the spread of the virus.
“Governor Abbott should start listening to public health officials and members of his own coronavirus task force before making general statements,” State Party spokesperson Abhi Rahman said in an email. . “After experiencing record deaths today and more than 10,000 new cases, it is shocking that Abbott continues to double its policies and its failed positions. “
Correction: The photo caption for this story was originally inaccurate when Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference on the stages of reopening Texas businesses. The press conference was held in April.