2021-09-19 19:38:33 Mississippi’s Governor Plays Down State’s High Death Rate

Mississippi’s Governor Plays Down State’s High Death Rate

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves downplayed his state’s high Covid death rate on Sunday, calling it an insufficient metric for measuring the pandemic’s toll in the state.

According to The New York Times database, the state ranks third in the country for Covid-19 deaths per capita, trailing only Florida and Alabama.

According to The New York Times database, only 42 percent of Mississippi residents are vaccinated, well below the national average of 54 percent. In the last 14 days, the number of reported fatalities increased by 18%, bringing the total to more than 9,200.

“Unfortunately, when it comes to the virus, fatalities are a lagging indicator,” Mr. Reeves said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Timing is as important as anything else in that statistic.”

Mr. Reeves attributed the deaths to the presence of the more contagious Delta varian, implying that the state’s current conditions are only temporary. He also mentioned that the number of new cases in Mississippi has recently decreased.

Despite repeated questioning, Mr. Reeves refused to say whether his state would take any additional steps. Mr. Reeves, who has been immunized, believes that vaccination is “the best thing Americans can do to protect themselves against the virus.”

The governor slammed the Biden administration’s plans to impose a vaccine mandate on two-thirds of all American workers.

“This is an attack by the president on hardworking Americans, and hardworking Mississippians, who he wants to choose between getting a jab in the arm — and feeding their families,” Mr. Reeves said.

Mr. Reeves, who is vaccinated, expressed concerns about the proposed mandate’s constitutionality as well as the legal precedent it would set.

“This should frighten Democrats as much as it frightens Republicans,” he said. “The fact is, if we give one individual unilateral authority to do whatever he wants — whether it’s a jab in the arm or something else — this country is in big trouble. That is not something I will stand by and allow him to do.”

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Mississippi's Governor Plays Down State's High Death Rate