Florida Gov says it took him two weeks to see restrictions weren't working and change tactics to protect the elderly while keeping businesses open
- Florida has taken heavy criticism for Ron DeSantis' more relaxed approach to social and business restrictions in the pandemic
- But the governor has attempted to use his own logic rather than science in order to keep business open while still protecting the elderly in his state
- The governor points to the state's relatively low per capita death rate, ranking 26th in the nation overall and 41st out of 50 for seniors
- California, which has pursued aggressive lockdowns, has roughly the same per capita death toll as Florida, with 154 deaths per 100,000 versus Florida's 160
The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has said it only took him a few weeks to realize enforcing coronavirus restrictions was doing more harm than good in his state and wishes he'd have acted sooner.
Speaking to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, DeSantis, who is a Republican, explained that he felt the extreme restrictions were not particularly effective with many other states simply 'blindly' following the advice of the nation's top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.
'If I had more data, I would have had the ability to say, 'Wait a minute. Why would we need to close a gym for two weeks?' he asked. 'These are younger people going to work out. If you're healthy, you're going to end up dealing with the virus better.''
Florida has taken heavy criticism for DeSantis' more relaxed approach to social and business restrictions in the pandemic
California, which has pursued aggressive lockdowns, has roughly the same per capita death toll as Florida, with 154 deaths per 100,000 versus Florida's 160 per 100,000
Over the last week, there has been a 27% decline in deaths. 61,000 have died in Florida
The number of cases is down 12% over the last week with around 2,375 on average