Texas becomes 1st US state to record over 1 million Coronavirus cases

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker uses a swab to test a man at a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) drive-in testing location in Houston, Texas, U.S.

Texas has become the first state in the US to record more than one million confirmed coronavirus cases, as the country, currently, the worst-hit, is struggling to contain COVID.

On Friday, according to an NBC News report, the ‘Lone Star State’ registered 1,000,589 cases.

An NBC News analysis revealed a 40 percent increase in the number of new cases in Texas, while the fatality rate was also up by 10 percent over the last two weeks, for a total of 18,977 as of Friday morning.

Ninety-four percent of the coronavirus cases and 91 percent of Texas’s deaths have occurred since the end of May after Governor Greg Abbott began easing curbs against the pandemic, it added.

Meanwhile, California was also following Texas closely with an overall caseload of 960,361, the analysis said.

Health officials have warned that the upcoming cold and flu season would lead to six-digit figures of cases, though the numbers spiked sooner than expected, a CNN report said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its ensemble forecast on Thursday, estimating between 250,000 and 266,000 coronavirus deaths in the US by the end of this month.

As of Sunday, the US’ caseload and death toll stood at 9,849,696 and 237,017, respectively, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

The two tallies are currently the world’s highest.

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