For the second day in a row, Texas reported a record-breaking number of new coronavirus cases. On Tuesday the state reported 6,795 cases, that record was broken 24 hours later when the lone star state reported more than eight thousand new cases for the first time since the start of the outbreak–8,076.
Despite the resurgence of the coronavirus in Texas and the fact that the state surpassed Italy’s single-day jump in cases when they were the world’s epicenter, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick decided that now is the perfect time to eschew the advice of the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
Patrick who once said there are more important things than living told Fox News:
“Locking down doesn’t work! If it did, those two states [California and New York] would be doing better than Texas. Fauci said today that he’s concerned about states like Texas that skipped over certain things. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about! We haven’t skipped over anything. The only thing I’m skipping over is listening to him. … He has been wrong every time on every issue. I don’t need his advice anymore.”
Fauci also warned Congress on Tuesday that the rate of new infections across the country could double to 100,000 per day if the current trends continue.