The coronavirus crisis in the United States is continuint to escalate with the state of Texas becoming a particular cause for concern
If the current Texas trajectory continues, Houston could be the hardest-hit city in the US with numbers rivaling those in Brazil. Infection numbers are also rising in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott paused any further phases to reopen the state on overnight and issued an order to ensure hospital beds be available for Covid-19 patients.
Gov. Abbott’s moves came as his state, California and Florida – the three-most populous – set records for new coronavirus cases daily amid fears of “apocalyptic” surges in major Texas cities if the trend continues.
And the head of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said the US has only counted about 10 per cent of coronavirus infections. That might mean as many as 20 million Americans have been infected.