Texas Lt Gov no longer listens to Fauci after warning that infections could hit 100,000 a day
Texas Lieutenant Governor said Anthony Fauci “doesn’t know what he’s talking about” after the infectious disease chief warned that the United States could see 100,000 new cases a day.
Dan Patrick, a former talk radio host, spoke hours after Dr. Fauci had told a Senate hearing that the US was on a worrying path.
“I am very concerned,” said Fauci on Tuesday, with about 40,000 new cases a day.
He said he “wouldn’t be surprised if we go to 100,000 a day if it doesn’t turn around.”
But Patrick dismissed Fauci’s warnings, saying that the doctor had “been wrong every time, on every matter.”
Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor of Texas, said Fauci “doesn’t know what he’s talking about”
The U.S. now has more than 40,000 new infections every day, data from July 1 shows
Infections are on the rise, especially in parts of the west and south, and Fauci and other public health experts said Americans will have to follow important recommendations everywhere if they want to go back to more normal activities like going to school.
“We need to get the message out that we are all together,” by wearing masks in public and avoiding the crowds, said Fauci, chief infectious disease at the National Institutes of Health.
Texas reported a record-breaking daily increase in coronavirus cases on Tuesday, with 6,975 new infections identified.
127,000 have been killed in the United States
Patrick told Fox News that he rejected Fauci’s recommendations.
“Locking doesn’t work!” he said.
“If so, those two states are [California and New York] would do better than Texas.
Fauci said today that he is concerned about states like Texas that have skipped certain things.
“He doesn’t know what he’s talking about! We have not missed anything.
“All I miss is listening to him.
“He made mistakes every time. I don’t need his advice anymore. We’ll listen to a lot of science, a lot of doctors, but thank you, Dr. Fauci. ‘
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified Tuesday
Arizona, Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Florida, and Tennessee were the states with the largest increases in deaths in the past week
In Texas, 2,421 people have died from the virus, Patrick said.
Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham said she had heard that the IC departments were full of people who did not have COVID.
Patrick said 1,500 of the 7,177 beds were taken by COVID patients.
“We step back on the bars, which I think was the right condition. All these people are young and are getting sick.
“In my opinion, the worst thing we can do is shut down again.”
Tubers are preparing to float the Comal River in New Braunfels, Texas, on June 25
People gather on May 23 on Sixth Street in downtown Austin, Texas. The bars are now closed
American infections have increased by 80 percent in the past two weeks.
Diagnoses nearly doubled last week, with 31 states reporting an increase in cases – as Arizona became the latest hotspot to undo the reopening by closing bars and gyms.
COVID-19 cases in the United States were up 46 percent in the week ending June 28, compared to the previous seven days, with most increases in the west and south of the country.
Nationally, new cases have increased weekly for four weeks. Daily cases have climbed to record highs of 40,000 in the past week – well above the initial wave of infections seen in mid-April.
Infections in the United States now exceed 2.6 million, and more than 127,000 Americans have died since the contamination in March.
President Donald Trump has narrowed the wave of new cases to more testing and has pointed to low death rates across the country as a sign that the pandemic is not getting out of hand.
Part of the 46 percent increase in cases in the past week can be attributed to a 9 percent increase in testing over that period.
As the number of cases continues to rise, deaths across the country are showing a downward trend.
Arizona, Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Florida, and Tennessee were the states with the largest increases in deaths in the past week.
In Arizona, deaths increased by 62 percent after recording 249 new fatalities in a week, bringing the death toll to 1,588.
More than 2.6 million people in the United States have contracted a coronavirus
The death toll is also worrying for health experts, who had hoped it would drop
However, health officials have warned that the death rate may rise again because the death rate often lags behind the infection rate.
They also point to the current trend with young adults being the most new cases.
Officials say people under the age of 35 went to bars, parties and social events without masks, got infected and then spread the disease to older, more vulnerable people.
Florida followed Texas and ordered all bars to close on Friday, closing the beaches before the July 4 holiday weekend.
In Texas, a group of bar owners sued Monday to try to reverse the order of Republican Governor Greg Abbott, closing their business.
They claim that Abbott does not have the authority and they complained that other companies, such as nail studios and tattoo studios, remain open.
“Government Abbott continues to act like a king,” said bar owner Jared Woodfill.
“Abbott is unilaterally destroying our economy and trampling on our constitutional rights.”
But Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, said Abbott is on the right track, adding that Trump should order masks to be worn.
“States that were rebellious do a 180, and you now have the same states that wear masks,” Cuomo said.
“Let the president have the same mind to do that as an executive assignment, and then let the president lead by example and have the president put a mask on it because we know it works.”
Dr. Anne Schuchat, deputy director of the CDC, said on Monday that the virus is now spreading too quickly to get under control.
“We have far too many viruses across the country. It’s very daunting, “she told The Journal of the American Medical Association.
“This is really the beginning.
“I think there were a lot of wishing thoughts across the country, hey, it’s summer. Everything will be fine. We’re over this – and we’re not even starting to get over this.
“There have been many worrying factors over the past week or so.”