Reeves defended his decision on “State of the Union” on Sunday, telling CNN’s Jake Tapper that the number of hospitalizations have “plummeted” in his state. “The fact is the numbers don’t justify government interaction at the levels that we are seeing in other states,” he said.
Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has increased restaurant capacity in her state from 25% to 50%, told Tapper on Sunday that because the number of hospitalizations are low and the vaccinations are high in the state, she feels they can “do this responsibly.”
“We’re kind of at the 10-yard line and we’re taking another 10 yards ahead, where some are at the 50 and dropping the mask mandate, and that’s the dangerous situation,” she said. “But there is no question we are going to keep tethered to the science, and watching the numbers to keep people safe.”
Michigan continues to have a mask mandate in place.
“If we see the cases spike up, if we see the hospitalizations go up, then we can reinstitute the mask mandate because it’s a ramp, it goes until March 31st with specific guidelines. We can take the action that’s needed,” he said.
‘We can’t give up the defense’
Mask mandates were associated with a 0.7 percentage point decrease in daily rates of Covid-19 deaths up to 20 days after implementation and decreases of up to 1.9 percentage points up to 100 days later, respectively, according to the researchers.
Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the CDC, on Sunday acknowledged that there were harms to closing businesses and schools — economic, educational and personal hardship, and health harms for people who couldn’t work, and said it was important to reopen the economy as safely as possible.
“The only freedom a mask inhibits is the freedom of the virus to spread and kill people,” he told Wallace. “Masks work, mask mandates work and lifting mask mandates is very dangerous, particularly with the risk of more dangerous variants emerging and spreading.”
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, a Republican, said Sunday that now is not the time to give up defensive measures to combat the coronavirus and that wearing masks work.
“With the vaccine we’re now on the offense, that’s the great thing, but in Ohio, we can’t give up the defense. We have found these masks work exceedingly well. Schools are a prime example, We’ve seen it in our retail, 93% of Ohioans when they go into a retail establishment are wearing masks, so they’ve done a phenomenal job,” DeWine told ABC’s Martha Raddatz on “This Week.”
“Every day it gets better and better and better. But as we are doing that, we can’t give up the defense. So we’ve got to continue to do that,” DeWine said.
Although he is ending the mask mandate in the state, Reeves told Tapper he encourages Mississippi residents to continue to wear masks.
“I not only recommend it, I encourage it,” he said. “If you have not received the vaccination and you’re going into a large crowd or if you’re going out to dinner, I strongly encourage Mississippians and people across the country to wear a mask because I believe that it does, in fact, reduce the ability of individuals to spread the virus. No question about that, Jake.”
CNN’s Jacqueline Howard and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.Checkout latest world news below links :
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