AGENCIES, Washington: The United States on Wednesday posted nearly 2,600 additional deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours, a new record and the heaviest daily toll of any country, Johns Hopkins University said.
On the other hand, despite rising casualties, on ground, a section of the American public, it seems, are not taking the lockdown guidelines hands-down.
Violating lockdown guideline, hundreds took their cars out, caused traffic snarls, waved flags, blared horns as sign of protest and displeasure with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to keep people at home and businesses locked during the coronavirus outbreak as they drove past the Michigan state Capitol on Wednesday
The “Operation Gridlock” protest was organized by the Michigan Conservative Coalition.
“This arbitrary blanket spread of shutting down businesses, about putting all of these workers out of business, is just a disaster. It’s an economic disaster for Michigan,” coalition member Meshawn Maddock said. “And people are sick and tired of it.”
Six Republican members of US Congress from Michigan – Fred Upton, Paul Mitchell, Tim Walberg, Bill Huizenga, John Moolenaar and Jack Bergman – sent Whitmer a letter on Tuesday calling on her to amend the order instead of “needlessly shutting down large sectors of the economy and further restricting the lives of residents”.
Republican National Committee chairman Ronna McDaniel tweeted that Whitmer was turning Michigan into a “police state”.