Governor Greg Abbott has advised that the spread of new COVID-19 pandemic infections has taken a “swift and very dangerous turn” in Texas. On Sunday, June 28, 2020, he noted in a press conference that the daily number of cases in the Lone Star State in the past few weeks has risen from an average of approximately 2K to over 5K. Texas is not alone in this surge. In a number of southern and western states where reopening has commenced, a swell in coronavirus cases has been recorded. As it stands now, there are more than 2.5 million reports of COVID-19 infections in America and more than 125K pandemic-related deaths have been confirmed.
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According to Johns Hopkins University, globally, COVID-19 has been linked to over 500K deaths. The uptick in cases in Texas as well as other states has led to the tightening of lockdown restrictions again. In addition, some hospitals have issued warnings that they may soon be overwhelmed. Pandemic testing kits will be made available to Texas for as long as necessary according to U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
Face mask requirements have been the spur of demonstrations in parts of Austin, the state capital, as people object to the measure, seeing it as a redundant step in measures to quell the spread of COVID-19. In addition to mask requests, bars and restaurants face a pause in reopening measures and limited capacity restrictions being re-instituted. In over half of U.S. states, new pandemic cases have been growing quickly, leading experts to become fearful. As many states worked toward their reopening measures, coronavirus cases once again began to rise, reaching a record high of 47,341 per day on June 26, 2020. As opposed to a “second wave,” however, reports indicate this is only a resurgence of the coronavirus, which was believed to have been brought under control.