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Surge In Arizona, World 'Hot Spot,' Puts Focus On Governor

PHOENIX (AP) — Since early in the pandemic, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has resisted instituting restrictive measures to try to keep the coronavirus cases from rising.

All of those choices by the Republican governor are now getting renewed scrutiny as the Grand Canyon state becomes what health officials call the latest "hot spot of the world" because of soaring case loads.

Ducey has rejected calls from health care leaders to tighten restrictions, arguing it would cause people to be out of work. He also dismissed a proposal to have all public schools go to virtual learning for two weeks after the holidays.

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Health officials are urging new measures as cases in the Southwestern state skyrocket.