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Gov. Abbott warns of Texas ‘lockdown’ coming next if virus spread doesn’t slow

LUBBOCK, Texas -- With Texas continuing to break records for new coronavirus deaths and hospitalizations this week, Gov. Greg Abbott reiterated Friday afternoon that things will continue to get worse. And if people keep flouting his new statewide mask mandate, he said, the next step could be another economic lockdown.

“Things will get worse, and let me explain why,” he told KLBK-TV in Lubbock. “The deaths that we’re seeing announced today and yesterday — which are now over 100 — those are people who likely contracted COVID-19 in late May.

“The worst is yet to come as we work our way through that massive increase in people testing positive,” he added. (You can watch his comments in the video player at the top of this article.)

Texans will also likely see an increase in cases next week, Abbott said, and people abiding by his face mask requirement might be the only thing standing between businesses remaining open and another shutdown.

“The public needs to understand this was a very tough decision for me to make,” Abbott told KLBK of his face mask mandate. “I made clear that I made this tough decision for one reason: It was our last best effort to slow the spread of Covid-19. If we do not slow the spread of Covid-19 … the next step would have to be a lockdown.”

Abbott has pushed that message repeatedly in television interviews this week. But he emphasized Friday that another shutdown was not imminent and he pointed to steps he has taken so far to scale back reopening in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including the mask order and a requirement that bars, once again, close their doors. He has also tightened restaurant capacity limits.

Texas reported 100 more coronavirus deaths on Thursday, another record.

In three live television appearances Friday afternoon, Abbott acknowledged that his mask order — that Texans in counties with more than 20 cases wear masks in public — was neither popular nor convenient, but said it was important for everyone to join in the effort. His plea to Texans comes as nearly 80 Texas counties have opted out of the order, while others are refusing to enforce it.

“It’s disappointing,” Abbott told the CBS affiliate in Tyler of government entities who defy his mandate.

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  1. This time it will be a real lockdown. We have all the human scum right wingers who made wearing a mask a political thing to thank for losing our jobs and means of living. At least now Governor Abbott is on the same page with Governor Lujan-Grisham.

    1. The only scum here is you. You don’t work or have a job moron so moot issue. The spike we are seeing now is is all the leftist BLM protesters/rioters excluded from COVID-19 guidelines. Memorial Day weekend. Go hide in your basement. No hoarding toilet paper. LMAO.

  2. Abbott may be a Republican but at least he’s one that tries to go by the science. I gained alot of respect for him when he admitted that opening bars too soon was a mistake. He took responsibility unlike most of the Republican Governors who are letting their citizens die.

    1. Cherry picking what he says to push your leftist narrative. But he didn’t admit opening Walmarts and other essential businesses was a bad idea. They were never closed. Plus no proof the spike was caused by the bars opening. In El Paso it is community spread to blame with no specific blame to bars. Check with the local health authority experts instead of pushing fake news moron.

  3. Why close the gate when the cat is gone! Abbot the tard listened to his other tard buddy. Trump. Will go down in history as THE worst president. Biden2020. Easily.

  4. Fat ass Trump and adoring Lap dog Pence ought to be charged with Criminal Negligence for all the Covid19 deaths. No other country in the world has such inept and useless president such as Trump. Trump tired of questions from the press instead sends Hypocrite Devilgenlical Pence to answer questions with his patronizing tone of voice. My beautiful and strong president is doing everything Right, he always says. How stupid does he think the American public is, besides his Racist Hillbilly followers?

  5. They are both guilty of criminal malfeasance in office but now that they both know that there is no possibility of being re-elected, they will just continue to do nothing while Americans continue to die.

    1. Keep on dreaming idiot. 136,720 COVID-19 deaths in a country with 320 million people? The President has done a good job keeping the mortality rate down considering the doom and gloom scientists said millions would be dead by now. President Trump will get reelected in a total landslide. You Democraps are obviously worried about it. The bottom line is Biden will lose.

  6. They have both engaged in criminal malfeasance in office and now that they both know there is no possibility of being re-elected, they are continuing to ignore the pandemic and the deaths of Americans.

  7. No one needs to listen to a dumbass governor who made a terrible decision to appease to the moron trump. He can talk to himself. We all need to use our own judgement and do what’s best for our families. Thank you Margo for holding your ground.

  8. Must suck walking anywhere when you loook like madmike. Ugly sore thumb sticking out. No one likes you. Especially in El Paso. Know that for a fact.

        1. Defending your psycho buddy fero2amadmikegeedubb aka Alberto? We know it’s you dumbass. The gig is up. Only one here psycho babbling is you. How’s that paranoid schizophrenia treating you? Good punishment. Take your meds.

          1. Wait didn’t they take you away in an ambulance when you were seen running down the street screaming that some guy named Alberto was trying to harm you? Rest up buddy, you’ll be okay.

          2. Forgot your meds? We all know you are Alberto. You are just too embarrassed to admit it. Can’t blame you. Your life must really suck. LMAO.

  9. I don’t think we should worry too much until we hit NY or NJ numbers or even Massachusetts. 32,000 deaths and climbing in NY, and people wanna praise Cuomo’s “response”. Although I do agree Cuomo has the best idea, let them get it and let them die now they won’t infect anyone else.

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