Texas becomes first U.S. state to exceed 1 million coronavirus cases

(Reuters) - Texas became the first state to surpass a million coronavirus cases in the United States on Saturday, as the country battled a third wave of new infections and recorded over 100,000 infections three times in less than a week.

In Texas, the surge in new cases in the past week came mainly from Harris, Dallas and El Paso counties, based on a Reuters tally. The surge is straining medical facilities, with the city of El Paso converting a convention center into a field hospital.

If Texas were a country, it would be the tenth most affected in the world for total COVID-19 cases. The state added about 6,800 new cases a day in the past week on average, based on a Reuters tally.


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