GOP Mississippi Governor Orders Statewide Lockdown

Biloxi’s ABC News affiliate reports:

Governor Tate Reeves has signed a new executive order establishing a statewide shelter-in-place for Mississippi to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday, a number of cities across the state issued their own orders asking residents to stay at home, and establishing curfews for overnight hours.

Wednesday, the Mississippi Department of Health reported 1,073 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. In all, 22 Mississippi residents have died as a result of the virus as of March 31, 2020.

Last week Reeves rejected calls for a lockdown, saying “We’ll never be China.” Days earlier he held a live bible reading on Facebook.