Pence: 'Wearing a Mask Is Just a Good Idea'

Elias Hubbard
June 29, 2020

"If your neighborhood officials in session with the state are directing you to don a mask, we persuade every person to don a mask in the affected parts and where you won't be able to preserve social distancing, donning a mask is just a superior concept and it will, we know, from working experience, will sluggish the unfold of the coronavirus", Pence said at a briefing at the College of Texas Southwestern Professional medical Middle in Dallas on Sunday.

"You flattened the curve here in Texas ... but about two weeks ago something changed", Mr Pence said. And when we do, with this governor and this president, we'll bring Texas and America back, bigger and better than ever before. The vice president will head to Arizona on Tuesday and Florida on Thursday.

Mr Abbott had allowed businesses to start reopening in early May but shut down bars and limited restaurant dining on Friday amid a spike in cases.

The Republican governor also told hard-hit counties to defer elective surgeries, as hospitals scramble to open up beds.

The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, said Covid-19 had taken "a very swift and very unsafe turn" in the state.

Mr. Pence emphasized the role of faith in getting through a particularly hard time for the nation, as it confronts the pandemic and resulting economic fallout and debates racial injustice and street protests.

President Donald Trump has rarely worn a mask in public.

"When you have finished your term in 2024, we don't want you moving out of the West Wing".

Overall the United States still has far and away the most total cases.

"It is good to be back in church", Mr. Pence said as he took the podium, a nod to widespread closures that impacted churches and sparked a debate about constitutional freedoms to assemble and worship. The ceremony in the onetime epicenter of the European outbreak came a day after Italy registered the lowest daily tally of COVID-19 deaths in almost four months: eight. German authorities renewed a lockdown in a western region of about 500,000 people after about 1,300 slaughterhouse workers tested positive.

Numerous newly infected persons across the Sun Belt are young adults in their 30s, meaning they are less likely to get severely ill or die.

Addressing spikes in reported coronavirus cases in some states, Azar said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that people "have to take ownership" of their own behaviors by social distancing and wearing masks if possible.

On Sunday, Mr Abbott said that as many as 5,000 people a day were being admitted to hospital for treatment.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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