Officials Express Frustration Amid Coronavirus Surge

TOPEKA (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly and the state’s top health official are expressing growing frustration as Kansas grapples with an continuing increase in coronavirus cases.

Kelly, a Democrat, on Wednesday said President Donald Trump’s suggestion that restrictions on people’s movements could be loosened by Easter to help the economy is “ wishful thinking “ and argued that the federal government should invoke the national Defense Production Act to address shortages of ventilators, protective masks and testing kits, a move Trump has said isn’t necessary.

“We, along with all of the other states, are really kind of begging the federal government to get their act together,” Kelly said in an interview.

Meanwhile, Dr. Lee Norman, the state’s secretary of health and environment, said people should stay home as much as possible, even if they don’t live in a county that has issued a stay-at-home order. He said some residents are trying to exploit exceptions in the orders.

 

 

 

 

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