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Coronavirus: Mississippi governor says state won’t be a dictatorship

Coronavirus: Mississippi governor says state won’t be a dictatorship

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves speaks with the press in Tupelo, Mississippi. Photo: Rory Doyle for The Washington Post through Getty Images

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) said in a Twitter post Wednesday he rejects “dictatorship designs like China,” a day after he signed an executive order in response to the unique coronavirus.

Details: Reeves’ order Tuesday intends to restrict individuals’s physical interactions, however the Jackson Free Press notes it “seems to declare that a lot of types of businesses in Mississippi are ‘vital,'” consisting of public and private markets and organizations. The move triggered confusion as to whether it bypasses stay-at-home orders released by regional authorities, the Mississippi Today reports

What he’s saying: ” We’re following our professionals and I’ve invested numerous sleepless nights praying for knowledge in this unmatched time,” Reeves tweeted.

Context: Reeves made the remarks in response to a segment on “‘ The Rachel Maddow Show” Tuesday on Mississippi not enacting a stay-at-home order, and a subsequent post of the video on MSNBC’s website Tuesday, headlined: “Mississippi governor untroubled by COVID crises in neighboring states.” Reeves called the report a “dangerous lie.”

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The big image: Mississippi had actually confirmed 377 cases and five deaths from the virus Wednesday, per the state health department

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