By- Azra Rizvi
Governor Greg Abbott has warned that the US state of Texas has taken a “swift and very dangerous turn.”
Mr. Abbott cautioned on Sunday that over just the past few weeks, the daily number of Coronavirus cases had gone from an average of about 2,000 to more than 5,000.
Following the ease in lockdown restrictions several southern and western states have recorded a surge in coronavirus cases. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States has exceeded 2.5 million. More than 125,000 Coronavirus patients are confirmed to have died nationwide – highest in the world. According to data provided by the Johns Hopkins University the Coronavirus has caused more than 500,000 deaths worldwide.
Due to the sharp rise in the number of Coronavirus cases, officials in Texas, Florida, and other states are tightening restrictions on business again and they have also warned that hospitals may soon be overwhelmed.
Texas Governor, Mr. Abbot told on Sunday that as many as 5,000 people a day were being admitted to hospital for treatment.
The Vice-President of the United States, Mike Pence said that additional Covid-19 testing kits would be provided to Texas for as long as necessary. He said that they were going to make sure that Texas and their healthcare system in Texas had the resources, the supplies, the personnel to meet that moment.
Urging Texans to wear masks “wherever it’s indicated”, the Vice-President emphasized that they knew from experience that it would slow the spread of the coronavirus.
On Sunday, speaking at a joint news conference with Governor Abbott, Nancy Pelosi who is the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives said that a nationwide mandate to wear face coverings was “definitely long overdue”. She also added that they had the worst record of any country in the world.
The requirement of wearing face coverings in some circumstances to help mitigate the spread of the virus led to demonstrations on the streets of Austin, Texas state capital by people opposing the measure.