Georgia Governor Brian Kemp speaks to the media during a press conference at the Georgia State Capitol on April 27, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The governor of Georgia sued the mayor of Atlanta on Thursday for the city's mask law, the day after the governor had banned local governments from requesting coverage specified by health experts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
"The state of Georgia continues to urge citizens to wear masks. This lawsuit is about the rule of law," said Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr in a statement.
Republican governor Brian Kemp sued the Atlanta Democrat, Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat and a member of the Atlanta City Council.
The lawsuit argues that Bottoms has exceeded its powers to issue coronavirus-related orders that are more restrictive than state orders.
.Kemp enacted its executive ordinance on Wednesday, which prohibited more than a dozen local governments from requiring the wearing of masks in public. A spokesman for the Mayor of Atlanta had said the mayor's order was still in effect, the city was guided by data and science, and "masks save lives."
Bottoms was defiant after Kemp's lawsuit on Thursday and found that 3,014 Georgians had died and that she and her family were among those who tested positive.
"A better use of taxpayers' money would be to expand testing and contact tracking," she said. "If there is a need to be sued by the state to save lives in Atlanta, we'll see them in court."
According to the state health agency, 131,275 cases with 3,104 deaths were confirmed in Georgia on Thursday.
3,871 new cases were reported in the state on Wednesday – the second highest daily total since the pandemic started, according to NBC News. According to the State Department of Health website, more than 3,400 cases were reported on Thursday.
Carr, the attorney general, said the state's chief executive officer is the governor and "the city of Atlanta cannot knowingly continue to issue orders that are unenforceable and void."
Kemp's spokeswoman Candice Broce had insisted on a tweet that the governor was not against wearing masks.
"Previous executive orders – and now these orders – state that no local action can be more or less restrictive than ours," Broce wrote. "We have declared that local mask mandates are not enforceable. The governor continues to strongly encourage Georgians to wear masks in public."
Kemp's step came as more and more Republicans who were reluctant to wear masks changed their attitudes and the number of new cases increased at an astonishing rate, especially among children, as Florida officials now report.
Republican governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, issued a nationwide mandate-wearing mask on Thursday that appears to have some teeth. Repeated violations could result in fines ranging from $ 100 to $ 500, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.
Even President Donald Trump, an ally of Kemp, was seen wearing a mask for the first time at a public event over the weekend.
Most medical experts agree that wearing masks in conjunction with social distancing is an effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19, a deadly virus that killed 138,382 people in the United States as of Thursday morning. According to the latest NBC, 3,522,672 cases have been reported showing news numbers.
Forty states have reported coronavirus spikes in the past few weeks.
In light of these astonishing sums, Walmart, the country's largest retailer, Kroger, the country's largest supermarket chain, and Target announced on Wednesday that customers will need to put on a mask or face mask in stores.
This made these companies one of the large retailers such as Best Buy, Costco and Apple that already needed masks.
Enforcement of these rules, however, has sometimes led to clashes – some even fatal – in which customers claim their rights are being restricted and others who only refuse to carry them.
In Utah, where new coronavirus cases have increased rapidly, parents protesting a new requirement for children to wear masks grabbed a Utah County Commission meeting on Wednesday and violated the rules of social distancing by doing so Pull tape from the seats, which should not be used.
Many wore "Trump 2020" hats and almost none wore a mask.
By Thursday morning, Utah had registered 30,891 coronavirus cases in which 233 people had died since the crisis began, according to figures from NBC News. 413 new cases were reported overnight.
In Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a Trump rally took place last month and infected some campaign workers and well-known Republican participants such as state governor Kevin Stitt, a mandate was issued that people must wear masks in public.
In other Covid 19 developments:
Maryland governor Larry Hogan, a Republican who has received bipartisan praise for dealing with the pandemic, said Trump left the states to defend himself during the pandemic and accused the president, in one of the Washington Post published articles did not listen to medical experts. "While other countries made progress with well-coordinated testing programs, the Trump administration messed up efforts," Hogan wrote. "In the meantime, instead of listening to his own public health experts, the president spoke and tweeted like a man worried more about boosting the stock market or his reelection plans." White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany dismissed Hogan's statements as "revisionist history." Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., accused the Trump administration of attempting to "sweep" the scale of the coronavirus crisis by reporting COVID-19 statistics to the Department of Health and Human Services instead of federal disease centers Control and prevention. "If the CDC is unable to spread publicly, the number of hospital stays and deaths we will experience in trying to end this crisis will harm us," said Democrat Schumer. NBC News reported on Wednesday that "there is great concern about whether someone outside the administration can access the important information in the future." Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced the launch of a star-studded "Mask Up America" awareness and awareness campaign with eight TV commercials starting Thursday and Robert De Niro, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, John Leguizamo , Rosie Perez and other Hollywood actors show. "The New Yorkers suffered badly when this pandemic hit our state, and seeing how other states are fighting the flood of COVID-19, we want to be sure that all Americans know what we know here – that it matters is to wear a mask to protect each other, "said Cuomo.
Nationwide, most of the victims were until recently seniors. However, experts blame young people who crowd in newly opened bars and restaurants – and don't distance themselves socially or wear masks – for the astonishing rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.
In Florida, according to local media reports, almost a third of the children tested for the coronavirus were positive.
And Dr. Alina Alonso, director of the Palm Beach County Health Department, warned that children who are now infected with the virus could have long-term health effects.
"You can see that these asymptomatic children have lung damage," Alonso told county officials. "We don't know how that will manifest itself in a year or two. Will this child have chronic lung problems or not?"
Alonso's warning seemed to contradict the message that Governor Ron DeSantis emphasized when he urged the school to reopen in September. DeSantis, father of three young children, has insisted that he send his children to school when they are old enough to attend.
Florida, where the Republican Congress is due to take place next month, exceeded a bleak benchmark on Wednesday. Over 300,000 cases of COVID-19 have been reported since the pandemic began.
On Thursday, Florida reported 13,965 new cases of the coronavirus and 156 more deaths. According to the Florida Department of Health, a total of 4,677 Florida residents have died from the coronavirus.
In addition, Florida hospitals recorded a record 491 patients in a single day, meaning nearly 20,000 residents have been hospitalized since the pandemic began. The biggest increase so far in one day was on Wednesday with 453 hospitalizations.
Numerous hospitals across Florida are facing a lack of intensive care beds for infected patients.
"I don't need Ron DeSantis' numbers or anyone's numbers to tell me this is a bad situation," said Oliver Gilbert, Mayor of Miami Gardens, on MSNBC.