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Abbott won’t impose new mask mandate despite increasing Texas virus cases

HOUSTON, Texas -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he will not impose another statewide mask mandate, despite Covid-19 cases being on the rise again.

“There will be no mask mandate imposed, and the reasons for that are very clear,” Abbott told KPRC-TV in Houston during an interview. “There are so many people who have immunities to Covid, whether it be through the vaccination, whether it be through their own exposure and their recovery from it, which would be acquired immunity.”

It would be “inappropriate to require people who already have immunity to wear a mask,” Abbott said.

During a news conference Wednesday in Houston, Abbott went further and expressed blanket resistance to any new restrictions to fight the virus. He said Texas is “past the time of government mandates” and “into the time for personal responsibility.”

While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors in most settings, the World Health Organization is still encouraging everyone to wear masks while inside.

As the delta variant has spread, some key pandemic indicators have increased in Texas. On Sunday, the state’s positivity rate — the ratio of cases to tests — went above 10% for the first time since February, a threshold that Abbott has previously identified as dangerous.

Currently, 43% of Texans were fully vaccinated.

Abbott lifted the statewide mask requirement in March. The mandate had been in place since summer of last year.

Two months later, he announced he was banning government entities — including public schools — from mandating masks. Abbott reiterated Tuesday that Texas schoolchildren will not face mask requirements as they return to school later this summer.

“Kids will not be forced by government or by schools to wear masks in school,” Abbott said. “They can by parental choice wear a mask, but there will be no government mandate requiring masks.”

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    1. Still running your big ignorant mouth nitwit. The last I checked most people not wearing face masks are fully vaccinated. I bet you have a miserable life.

    1. Psycho Alberto up late ranting again. Go to your local Walmart and see how many people aren’t wearing face masks. Unlike you they are probably vaccinated.

  1. CNN’s Biden town hall flops, finishes behind Fox News, MSNBC with only 1.5 million viewers
    Fox News beat CNN by a staggering 83 percent during the Biden town hall

    1. But it was entertaining. Watching ole Joe make a complete fool of himself was gold. The sad part is our enemies know it too. Biden is our greatest national security threat.

      1. I forced myself to watch part of it, and it was pathetic. After the second time Biden started mumbling incoherently, I turned it off. I wonder who is really running this country?

  2. Facts…..The Delta variant from onset to peak in the UK wave lasted about 1 1/2 months. In India, with a poorer population, bad health care, and weak vaccination, it lasted two months.

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