Whitmer to critics: We’re at ‘war’ with virus so toughen up

This provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich., Monday, April 13, 2020. The governor said the state has tough days ahead in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, but a return to normalcy is "on the horizon." (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, Pool)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer compared the deprivation ordered in the fight against the cornonavirus to wartime sacrifices.

She took another shot at protesters who flocked to the Capitol to denounce her tough restrictions against work and gatherings.

Whitmer said people didn’t protest during World War II when they suddenly had to build bombers or ration food.

The governor said people need to act like we’re at war.

Meanwhile, the state health department reported a daily rise in new coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths, but both were smaller than the new numbers disclosed Sunday.

Victims included a 5-year-old Detroit girl.

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