Over the past couple of weeks, the rolling average number of daily new COVID-19 cases in Texas has dropped by 42.5%, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, the Associated Press reported Monday.
This new data comes after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) made the decision last week to end the Lone Star State’s COVID-19 restrictions, including the mask mandate.
On Sunday, the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reported 2,347 new confirmed and probable coronavirus cases and 69 additional deaths, per the AP. Additionally, the DSHS stated that the number of hospitalizations has continued to decrease, down to 4,093.
As things currently stand, Texas—the second-most populous state—has the third-highest death toll from COVID-19 in the whole country, with 46,300 people having died from the virus there so far.
As far as inoculations are progressing, more than 2.8 million Texans—nearly 10% of the state—have completed their vaccinations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
Abbott shared the news to Twitter on Monday, and celebrated the dropping numbers.
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“The Covid positivity rate continues to plummet; now down to 5.9%. That is the lowest in almost 10 months. Covid hospitalizations dropped below 4,000 for the first time in 5 months,” the governor posted. “Most importantly, Covid related fatalities today are the lowest reported this year.”
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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’
Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social, “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”
Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”
It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.
Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.
And the escalation of war is visible.
Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.
Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.
Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”
Morning. Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.
— Oleksiy Goncharenko (@GoncharenkoUa) January 26, 2023
The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”
F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.
Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.
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