As the number of people hospitalized in Texas from thesurpassed 5,000 on Friday, Governor said he should not have rushed ahead with reopening bars. The news comes as Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House Coronavirus Task Force coordinator, said Friday that with the largest increase in positive coronavirus cases as the country reported the highest single-day increase in new cases.
“If I could go back and redo anything, I would slow down the re-opening of bars,” Abbott told ABC affiliate KIVA in El Paso. Abbott added that a “bar setting, in reality, just doesn’t work with a pandemic.”
“At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars,” Abbott said in a news release Friday announcing he was shutting down the bars.