"This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business". It's the third day in a row with a record number of new cases. On Wednesday, the state's new case total ticked up yet again, climbing to 5,551 new cases.
The announcement is a change of course for Abbott, who has previously pushed forward with reopenings, and is a signal of the worsening spread of the virus in Texas.
Texas' COVID-19 test positivity rate hit an average of 10.42% over the past seven days, and Abbott has said anything over 10% would be a "warning flag".
By reimposing a ban on elective surgeries, the Republican is returning to one of his first actions when the virus first emerged in Texas in March.
The US state of Texas has reported nearly 6,000 new COVID-19 cases, setting a new record for confirmed infections in a 24 hour period for the third time this week. On Thursday, he suspended elective surgeries in the Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio areas to free up hospital bed space. In the greater Houston area, the Texas Medical Center warns that its intensive care units have only 30 beds available under normal capacity.
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Manchester United are set to take on Norwich City in the FA Cup third round at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon. It is very important for him to score goals, ' he added.
During a press conference, the CEOs of Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann Health System, St. Luke's Health and Texas Children's Hospital said they are concerned about the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
The prospect of reimposing lockdown restrictions in some of the largest states has damped investor optimism that the world's biggest economy will bounce back quickly. The Laredo TV station KGNS reported Wednesday night that Dr. Victor Treviño, the health authority, has contacted the Commissioner of Texas Department of State Health Services, to fast track the diversion of COVID-19 patients to other hospitals. "But we haven't really heard as one of those reasons is what's going on in hair salons and tattoo parlors", Abbot said.
"A renewed upsurge in infections and resumed social distancing, either mandatory or voluntary, is likely to be a persistent risk, at least until a vaccine has been developed or treatment options sufficiently improve", said Esther George, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, in an address to the Economic Club of Kansas City on Thursday.
Also reporting record rises in cases this week were Alabama, Arizona, California, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming. He's a Missouri native and a graduate of the University of Missouri.