Texas became the first state to surpass 1 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The grim milestone comes as the U.S. is facing a surge in coronavirus cases across the country.
Texas, the second-most populous U.S. state, now has more coronavirus cases than all of Italy, which was previously one of the major hot spots of the virus. California is close behind with over 986,000 confirmed cases, as is Florida with more than 852,000. All other states, including the former hot spot of New York, have less than 600,000 confirmed cases, according to Johns Hopkins data.
After staying relatively level in September, Texas’ new case numbers rose in October, according to Johns Hopkins data. More than 10,800 new cases were reported on Tuesday, according to state data, and more than 18,800 people have died in the state since the beginning of the pandemic.
El Paso, which has more than 64,000 cases, is now one of the country’s epicenters. The county has reported more than 22,000 new cases in the last two weeks, and mobile morgues are being used in the city to hold the bodies of those who died because of the virus. More trucks are expected to be delivered this week. Read from source….