The mayor of Georgia abrogates the social distancing ban but at the same time brings 150 additional policemen to the streets of the city
Georgia Mayor Troy Brumbalow on Wednesday announced the termination of the ban on social distancing, despite the fact that more than 4.5 thousand people were infected and nearly 140 died.
"While the intent of the order was to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19, it is obvious that a large portion of our public doesn't want government mandating the recommendations of public health officials," the statement says.
As many citizens have observed, increasing the number of police officers in the streets will only worsen the situation and turn cities into concentration camps where the slightest disobedience will be severely punished, but in a statement, Brumbalow tried to calm the population.
"A huge sticking point of the order was the appointment of special policemen to help enforce the order. Under the city charter, the mayor can appoint special policemen during times of emergency. I said in our press release that I would swear in up to 150 policemen. I was looking at a worst case scenario caused by the pandemic as our police department has 18 officers. I can see that I didn't communicate our thoughts and intentions clearly enough. People reacted strongly on social media thinking we were becoming a police state. That was never the intent,»mayor added.
"According to a tracker provided by Johns Hopkins University, there are over 190,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and at least 4,127 deaths. In Georgia, there are over 4,100 confirmed cases and at least 125 deaths. As of April 1, the Georgia Department of Public Health reports over 4,600 confirmed cases and 139 deaths," reports Newsweek.