Texas pauses reopening plan as coronavirus surges

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Abbott made the comments during an interview with CBS affiliate KFDA-TV in Amarillo, Texas.

The big picture: The news comes after Abbott also announced the state would again suspend elective surgeries in Harris, Dallas, Bexar and Travis counties, which include the cities of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, respectively.

Cuomo, a Democrat, told a briefing that states that followed guidance from the White House are now seeing a spike in cases, arguing that NY curbed the outbreak by taking what he called a scientific, rather than a political, approach.

As hospitalization for COVID-19 patients continues to climb in Houston, Texas Medical Center, the largest medical district in the world, said all ICU beds were now occupied, with 28 per cent taken by COVID-19 patients. This spike occurred after restaurants were allowed to increase capacity to 75% and nearly all businesses allowed to operate with some safety measures in place.

"As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families", said Gov. Abbott in a statement, encouraging Texans to wear masks and practice social distancing. Texas has reported more than 11,000 new cases in the previous two days alone.

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As of Thursday, there have been 131,917 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state, 5,996 more cases than that of Wednesday, according to Texas Health and Human Services. "The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses, " he wrote in a press release on Thursday, but the "pause will help our state corral the spread". He said some bars have lost their liquor licenses for not following measures and getting overcrowded. "I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again".

More enforcement operations will occur this weekend, commission spokesman Chris Porter said Friday. "As we have seen an increase in the number of people testing positive and hospitalizations, we've see various different reasons why. Six months into this epidemic, and we're basically to square one". "There are other areas like bars, for example, that do need different modifications that would be required".

According to the order, on METRO's buses and trains, hand sanitizer is provided and protective shield around driver's seats will add another layer between drivers and riders.

In fact, the CDC now estimates that the 2.4 million recorded USA cases may represent only a tenth of the total number of people who have been infected at some point, according to estimates from nationally representative antibody surveys.

The attempts by Texas, Florida, South Carolina and other states at a more complete economic reopening have boomeranged in a resurgence of cases that is changing the nature of the pandemic and likely to test the strength of any broader economic rebound in the United States.

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