Some states are stubbornly defying expert advice to order residents to stay home even as cases rise
While most states in the US have ordered their citizens to stay home as they deal with the coronavirus outbreak, some are stubbornly defying expert advice even as cases continue to rise.
The urgent need for action was made clear on Thursday, when Dr Anthony Fauci, the governments top infectious disease expert, issued a plea for states to force people not to leave their homes.
I dont understand why its not happening, said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
We really should be.
Here are five states who have taken the least action:
The deep south state of Alabama has resisted implementing a statewide stay-at-home order, despite it having, as of Friday, 1,270 confirmed coronavirus cases. The lack of action is particularly troubling as Alabamas population is especially vulnerable to infectious disease. The state had the third-most deaths from flu in 2018.
As one of the poorest states in the US, Alabama would be ill-placed to deal with prolonged economic hardship due to the virus. The states governor, Kay Ivey, has been evasive when asked about a stay-at-home order. Each state has to weigh their own set of factors, she responded during a Q&A on Thursday.
Ivey has defied Alabamas US senator, Doug Jones, who has urged officials to act.
Arkansasis another southern state yet to order residents to stay at home, despite parts of the state experiencing soaring rates of infection Cleburne county has 253.7 cases per 100,000 people, among the highest in the nation. Yet while many businesses including gyms and casinos have been ordered to close, some clothing stores remain open, US News reported. Asa Hutchinson, the governor, cited clothing stores on Thursday when he said people could lose their jobs if a wider order was put in place.