Republican Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is lifting the state’s mask mandate despite President Joe Biden’s plea not to relax on safety measures. CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky supported President Biden’s pleas with data.
“We made our decision in Arkansas based upon the criteria we set,” the governor said. “This is a goal we had. We achieved that, so we stuck with the principle that was outlined.”
According to the CDC, there were 79 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Arkansas on Monday.
“It’s important for people to hear that we’re still in a war with this virus, and people still need to be vigilant in order to return to normal,” Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, said.
Scott Gottlieb, a former Food and Drug Administration commissioner under former President Donald Trump, argues that the surge in European cases is not a reflection of the United States.
“Everything that happened in Europe eventually happened here. Now I think the tables have turned. We’re ahead of Europe,” Gottlieb told CNBC.