Despite the warnings of health experts around the country, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that hair salons and pools in Texas reopen at the end of this week, while gyms would open later this month. The announcement came a week after the state's previous reopening of restaurants, malls, beaches and other gathering places.
That reopening occurred only one day after Texas's largest daily number of virus fatalities.
Backed by President Donald Trump, Republican officials across the nation have stressed that people complying with stay-at-home orders need to get back to work, despite the highly contagious virus having killed over 70 thousand Americans.
For his part, Abbot wasn't fazed by the inevitable deaths, admitting in newly revealed audio that deaths would increase with reopening, but that it's the path to take.
Governor Abbott knew COVID-19 would spread in Texas if he reopened the state without adequate testing in place. H… https://t.co/xH6ATVeitU— Julián Castro (@Julián Castro)1588723789.0
Abbot says in the video:
"Every scientific and medical report shows that whenever you have a reopening...it actually will lead to an increase in spread. It's almost ipso facto, the more that you have people out there, the greater the possibility is for transmission."
Suddenly, it was clear where Abbot's priorities were.
He opened Texas with full knowledge of the risks. Admits he knows that the confirmed cases and death toll will rise… https://t.co/SZsPiDZpyw— Nik #insulin4all (@Nik #insulin4all)1588765881.0
They just don’t care. https://t.co/0fgtonDlCL— AJL (@AJL)1588782874.0
Get it through your heads, trumpers; donald trump doesn’t care if you or your loved ones live or die. https://t.co/XTJDkmSuvw— coca 🌎 (@coca 🌎)1588769775.0
money > deaths https://t.co/uslQFU6p5b— SaintMixedIt 🎚 (@SaintMixedIt 🎚)1588775789.0
People are blaming Abbot and other Republicans for any avoidable deaths at the hands of a premature reopening.
Okay, if they prematurely open the states, conservative Republicans own every #COVID19 death. #BlueWave2020 #Texas https://t.co/nnmGcNp9Mc— Bernie Wong (@Bernie Wong)1588782220.0
Blood on his hands https://t.co/1XZ7ymZpq6— joe brtan (@joe brtan)1588782531.0
The pro-life party https://t.co/3N0TOkS6BA— TX early runoff voting July 6-10 (@TX early runoff voting July 6-10)1588764879.0
It appears Governor Abbott agrees with a statement made weeks ago by his Lieutenant Governor, Dan Patrick: "There are more important things than living."