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Texas’ Lieutenant Governor Says US Should Get ‘Back To Work’

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FILE - In this Friday, June 21, 2019, file photo, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks at a news conference at the Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Patrick said Monday, March 23, 2020, that the U.S. should go back to work in the face of global coronavirus pandemic and that people who are over the age of 70 can “take care of ourselves.” His remarks on Fox News came on the same day that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster declaration. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

(AP) — Texas’ lieutenant governor says the U.S. should get back to work in the face of the global pandemic and that people over the age of 70 will “take care of ourselves.” Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made the comments Monday night on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” The Centers for Disease Control says people over the age of 65 are at higher risk from the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. Health experts have made clear that unless Americans continue to dramatically limit social interaction, the number of infections will overwhelm the health care system. Patrick went on the program after President Donald Trump sad he wanted the country getting back to business in weeks, not months.

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