Texas Governor halts state reopening out of COVID fear

Story By Helene Fung, Picture Courtesy: Greg Abbott Social Media Page

Texas is a US state that’s been at the forefront of effort to reopen the economies which have been shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however its governor, Greg Abbott, has decided to hit “pause” on the state’s reopening, after over 6,000 new cases in a single day had been reported on Monday.

“This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business,” said Mr Abbott via a statement.

Hospital admission numbers in Texas have also been at record high for 13 days in a roll. Elective surgeries have been suspended in major cities to free up hospital beds.

Texas is not the only state which had not been hit hard by the initial outbreak, but now shows resurgence in new cases as they move early to lift restrictions. Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming also recorded significant case rises this week.

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