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Texas COVID cases plunge after mask mandate lifted and state fully opens

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (Twitter)

One month after Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced their state would fully reopen and its mask mandate was repealed, the number of COVID cases and death totals fell significantly. The state recorded its lowest number of daily new COVID cases since June 2020.

According to data published by the New York Times‘ COVID tracker, COVID cases in Texas have dropped by almost 4,000 each day. In addition, deaths have dropped to about 137 a day since Governor Abbott repealed the mask mandate and opened the state.

U.S. President Joe Biden had criticized Governor Abbott’s decision calling it “neanderthal thinking”

Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom also condemned Governor Abbott’s decision calling it absolutely “reckless.”

When Governor Abbott announced Texas was lifting the mask mandate on March 2, Texas averaged 7,253 new cases and 232 deaths per week. The state is now averaging 3,244 new COVID cases and 88 deaths per week, according to the New York Times‘ COVID tracker.

“Today’s announcement doesn’t abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it’s a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety & the safety of others,” said Governor Abbott when he announced his decision on March 2 to fully open Texas.

With this executive order, we are ensuring that all businesses and families in Texas have the freedom to determine their own destiny,” he said.

According to the New York Times tracker, 15.7 per cent of Texas residents have had the COVID-19 vaccine. 27.9 per cent of the population has received at least one dose of the shot.

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