Pence had canceled appearances in Florida and Arizona as every state has seen a large increase in new cases of coronavirus. However, a representative from Pence said the vice president still plans to travel to Texas, Florida and Arizona to meet with the governors.
“President Trump wanted us to be here today with developments over the past two weeks with increasing positivity and increasing number of cases with a very simple message and that is to use people from Texas: we are with you, “said Pence. at a press conference with Abbott on Sunday.
Pence stressed that citizens should “wear a mask”, stressing that experience has shown that wearing “will slow the spread”.
The governor described how two weeks ago something changed and the virus took “a very fast and very dangerous turn.”
On Friday, federal officials announced that funding for the test sites will be extended by 14 days. Abbott said it would now extend “as long as Texas wants it.”
Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House Coronavirus task force, said that Texas had a good plan to reopen, but that the tip had derailed it.
“It was a very serious and safe opening plan and you can see the impact of the opening plan and how it worked,” said Birx. “The whole of May, for almost five weeks, then there was an inflection point. What we are seeing here is an increase in the hospitalization rate for 20-40 year olds. “
Abbott had already taken action, the closing of bars on Friday and the resumption of certain locking restrictions, such as reducing restaurant capacity to only 50%.
Texas experienced several days of record peaks, with more than 5,000 new cases each day, with 5,747 new cases on June 27.
Overall, Texas has confirmed some 149,000 cases, as well as more than 2,300 deaths.