“The public needs to understand this was a very tough decision to make. I made this tough decision for one reason: It was our last best effort to slow spread of COVID-19. If we do not slow the spread of COVID-19…the next step would have to be a lockdown.”t.co/c3NS6JojJU
— Danielle DiMartino Booth (@DiMartinoBooth) July 10, 2020
With Texas continuing to break records for new coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations this week, Gov. Greg Abbott reiterated Friday afternoon that things will continue to get worse. And if people keep flouting his new statewide mask mandate, he said, the next step could be another economic lockdown.
“Things will get worse, and let me explain why,” he told KLBK TV in Lubbock. “The deaths that we’re seeing announced today and yesterday — which are now over 100 — those are people who likely contracted COVID-19 in late May.
“The worst is yet to come as we work our way through that massive increase in people testing positive.”
Texans will also likely see an increase in cases next week, Abbott said, and people abiding by his face mask requirement might be the only thing standing between businesses remaining open and another shutdown.
BREAKING: Number of coronavirus hospitalizations in California reaches new high, jumping 40% in two weeks.
The number of people in ICUs increased by 28% during the same period. t.co/ziQ5Z65gwu
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) July 10, 2020
Did anyone notice Hong Kong's second wave? pic.twitter.com/vhCkPeTlVc
— Win Smart, CFA (@WinfieldSmart) July 10, 2020
Atlanta Mayor Set To Reimpose Lockdown As Cases Surge, Defying Gov Kemp, Trump: Live Updates t.co/3r83wPsrpw
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) July 10, 2020
More than 3.1 million people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in the United States and more than 130,000 people have lost their lives since the start of the outbreak: t.co/JCiGDCYhoO pic.twitter.com/r8KHtLNJCF
— Bloomberg Graphics (@BBGVisualData) July 10, 2020
— Don Draper (@DonDraperClone) July 10, 2020
Yep. The falling case fatality rate suggests we're catching up on testing (e.g. in my adaptive model, the ratio of "shadow" cases to reported cases has become less extreme). But rising 7-day fatalities vs. prior 7 days also reflect local outbreaks. Very concerned about Sep-Nov. t.co/Sx1IM72emy pic.twitter.com/ETEmea8Tqa
— John P. Hussman (@hussmanjp) July 10, 2020