June 29, 2020 at 12:26 am EDT
Amid the wave of cases, Pence urges Americans to wear masks and social distance
Vice President Pence on Sunday begged Americans to wear face masks, practice social estrangement and stay away from the elderly to protect them in a new spike in coronavirus infections, while the United States has passed 2.5 million confirmed cases.
At an event in Dallas, Pence praised Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) for his “decisive action”
; in reopening the state’s economy in early May. But with state hospitals experiencing a surge in patients among skyrocketing infection rates, Pence praised Abbott for scaling back some reopening measures, including ordering bars to close and restaurants to reduce employment .
The virus killed over 123,000 people in the United States and cases in the United States represent by far the largest share of the world’s workload. In Texas, coronavirus-related hospital admissions reached a record high for the 16th consecutive day on Saturday, with 5,523 patients under treatment.
Of Felicia Sonmez, Siobhán O’Grady and Derek Hawkins