On Sunday, the state of Texas has reported no COVID-19 deaths two months following Gov. Greg Abbott retracting business restrictions and removing the state’s mask mandate.
This marks the first time Texas reported zero coronavirus-related deaths in 14 months, as per the state’s health data records. According to the governor, the number of cases reported on Sunday, 399, has been the lowest in over 13 months. He also said the number of hospitalizations has been the lowest in 11 months.
President Joe Biden previously criticized Texas, along with Mississipi, early last March for winding down lockdown measures, saying the officials of the states have “Neanderthal thinking.”
Back then, Abbot had announced that he would allow businesses to operate at full capacity. He did this despite warnings from multiple health experts that it could lead to a spike in the number of cases.
Texas Accused of “Neanderthal Thinking” When It Relaxed COVID-19 Restrictions
Following the governor’s announcement back in March, Biden thought the move was a big mistake. He argued that everyone knows wearing masks makes a difference and that, at the time, they were “on the cusp” of changing “the nature of this disease” due to the vaccination efforts.
Since then, the number of cases nationwide dropped while more Americans receive their vaccination.
The CDC last Thursday updated its guidance, saying fully vaccinated Americans can safely forgo social distancing in most places without a mask. This brought an end to mandatory mask mandates that lasted for over the year in many parts of the country. Several states, however, said they would keep the mask mandate in place, including Hawaii and Massachusetts.
Around 47% of the U.S. adult population has achieved full inoculation, as per CDC data. Meanwhile, almost 60% have received at least one dose. The country’s vaccination rate is also expected to go up following the FDA’s approval to use the Pfizer vaccine in kids who are 12- to 15 years old.