On 16th May, Texas reported zero deaths from coronavirus pandemic, only two months after Governor Greg Abbott drew heat from the U.S. president for withdrawing business restrictions and lifting the mask mandate in the Lone Star State. According to the health statistics, it is for the first time the state reported no COVID-19 deaths in almost fourteen months. Abbott stated that the state reported 388 new virus cases on Sunday – were the lowest in over thirteen months, while the number of hospitalizations in the state was the lowest in the last eleven months.
They know the same about human behaviour too. Zilch.
Texas have announced that they had zero deaths (lowest ever cases too), 2 months after all Covid restrictions were lifted, including masks.
Any normal person would question if they have monumentally screwed up.
— Gary (@_Gary_UK) May 17, 2021
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, skewered Texas and Mississippi at the starting of March for relaxing lockdown restrictions, accusing state officials of “Neanderthal thinking.” At that time, the Texas governor announced that businesses would allow operating at full capacity – even though some health officials warned that relaxing preventative measures could lead to a spike in cases.
Following the announcement from Texas, Biden told reporters that “it’s a big mistake.” It’s clear that these face masks make a difference. The country is on the point of being able to basically change the nature of the virus because of the way in which the administration is able to vaccinate the nations. Since then, new cases dropped countrywide after the vaccinations of many Americans.
CDC updated Coronavirus Guidance Last Thursday
On 13th May, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) updated its COVID-19 guidance, saying that it’s safe for completely vaccinated American nationals to sacrifice social distancing and go most places – internally or externally – without a face mask, bringing to terminate over a long year of mandatory face coverings in several areas of the country. However, some states of the nation, including Massachusetts and Hawaii, insisted on keeping their face masks mandates in place.
The health agency drew a sharp rebuke for its meandering on the issue of face coverings; almost two months ago, the Director of CDC, Dr. Rochelle Paula Walensky, warned of impending doom as coronavirus cases started to rise again. Some analysts argued the new orders were too uncertain and dependent on an honor system that might need crucial workers to police vaccination records, while others interrogated whether the move projected to encourage more people to receive vaccination because of a steady decline in new vaccination shots.
According to the statistics of the CDC, approximately forty-seven percent of the adult population in the United States received full vaccination. Whereas almost sixty percent of the adult population received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Furthermore, the vaccination rate expected to mount shortly after this week’s approval from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of the Pfizer vaccine in children between the ages of twelve and fifteen. According to the latest statistics of Johns Hopkins University, over five lac and eighty-five thousand Americans died from the fatal outbreak, the most globally.
Brief History of Cases in Texas State
Only six months ago, Texas state was home to the COVID-19 in the United States and the primary state to exceed one million confirmed cases. According to the latest statistics of Johns Hopkins University, almost three million citizens of Texas tested positive for the virus, and over fifty thousand died.
Moreover, the confirmed cases of Texas deaths and hospitalizations dropped even after Gov. Abbott lifted COVID-related restrictions in March, including capacity limits and mandate face masks, a move Biden criticized as “neanderthal thinking.” At that time, epidemiologist showed their concerns that it would cause a rise in new virus cases. In addition, the administration of the state reported the first COVID-19 death on 17th March 2020.