Texas Covid statistics show lifting pandemic restrictions reduced pandemic to near zero
The bold decision of Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott to free residents from the pandemic's restrictions has drawn criticism from US President Joe Biden.
“We’ve been able to move that all the way up to the end of May to have enough [vaccines] for every American, to get every adult American to get a shot,” Biden told reporters from the White House earlier this month. “The last thing we need is the Neanderthal thinking.”
However, the real picture of what is happening shows how Texas has dealt with the coronavirus. According to official statistics, today the incidence rate has approached the level in May last year, when the pandemic was only gaining momentum.
It's almost as if behavior isn't solely determined by a government mandate, giving people leeway doesn't mean they will necessarily act less responsibly, and having a successful vaccination campaign means precautions become less important.— AG (@AGHamilton29) March 26, 2021
This decline in incidence is also observed with only 24 percent of Texans vaccinated.
Today Texas hit an all-time recorded low for the 7-day Covid positivity rate: 5.27%.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 27, 2021
It's been below 6% for 5 days & below 10% for an entire month.
Covid hospitalizations declined again--now at the lowest level since October 3rd.
Vaccinations continue to increase rapidly.
Of course, this good news only reinforces the belief that removing the mandatory masks throughout the country, the economy will be able to fully recover and even develop.
These statistics also show that Biden's plan to counter the pandemic is not fully worked out.
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