Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott celebrated several milestones in his state’s fight against COVID-19 on Sunday, highlighting Texas’ progress months after President Joe Biden had mocked the state’s reopening strategy as “Neanderthal thinking.”
Abbott said in a tweet:
Today Texas reported:
* 0 Covid related deaths–the only time that’s happened since data was tracked in March, 2020.
* the fewest Covid cases in over 13 months
* the lowest 7-day Covid positivity rate ever
* the lowest Covid hospitalizations in 11 months.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) May 17, 2021
In early March, Biden mocked Texas and Mississippi, both run by Republican governors and legislatures, for lifting mask mandates and pushing to reopen their economies.
“I think it’s a big mistake,” Biden said, answering a question from a reporter on the two states. “Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of fundamentally changing the nature of this disease because of how we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms. We’ve been able to move that all the way up to the end of May to have enough for every American, to get every adult American to get a shot.”
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