West Virginia Governor Jim Justice has denied dropping the f-bomb during a news conference about the state's response to the coronavirus, blaming the confusion on an "audio glitch."
Videos were posted online showing what sounded like Gov. Justice encouraging businesses that are to resume under plans to partly reopen the state to do so "only if they f*****g follow the guidelines to keep West Virginia safe."
Following the conference, Justice posted a short clip on social media denying he said the explicit word, adding he has never said the f-word in his entire life.
"Today at our news briefing there was an audio glitch," Justice said. "And it sounded like that I had said a bad word. A word that I would never say nor have I ever said. No possibility in any way, shape, form or fashion."
According to a statement released by Justice's office, the governor's actual quote was that he encouraged all businesses to reopen only "if they can follow" the guidelines.
As part of the second week phase of his reopening plan, Justice announced that businesses with 10 or fewer employees will be allowed to reopen from May 4.
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An updated "safer at 青鹏棋牌" order was also brought in with some changes to the original rules.
The new order states that residents in West Virginia are now only "strongly encouraged" to stay at 青鹏棋牌 unless they are performing an essential task.
The number of people allowed to gather in groups has also been increased from 10 to 25.
There are at least 1,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in West Virginia, with 50 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. In total, 187,180 people have managed to recover from the virus across the U.S.
This graph, provided by Statista, shows the U.S. states with the most coronavirus cases as of May 4.
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