By Seerat Gupta
(Reuters) – Texas became the first state to pass a million coronavirus infections in the United States on Saturday, as the country faced its third new wave of infections and recorded more than 100,000 cases three times in less than a week.
In Texas, the increase in the number of new cases in the past week came mainly from Harris, Dallas and El Paso counties, based on Reuters statistics. This increase is straining medical facilities, with the city of El Paso turning its convention center into a field hospital.
If Texas were a country, then Texas would be the tenth most affected country in the world in terms of total COVID-19 infections. On average, the state added about 6,800 new cases every day in the past week, based on a Reuters inventory.
Texas, which accounts for more than 10% of all cases in the United States, reported the largest number of new cases in the United States last week and followed by Illinois, where it had half the number.
California, which was the first US state to pass 600,000 COVID-19 infections in August, is now just behind Texas in terms of infections and deaths.
The most populous state of the United States has added about 30,000 cases in the past seven days, and has reported more than 950,000 cases of coronavirus infection.
Los Angeles County in California, which carries 33% of the state’s trucks, has so far recorded the highest death toll of 7,118 as of Nov. 5.
With the holiday season and cold weather fast approaching, health officials have voiced warnings about curbing the rise in the number of cases over the past few weeks.
The United States is the most affected country in the world, with more than 9.8 million reported cases and more than 230,000 deaths.
(Reporting by Seerat Gupta in Bengaluru; Edited by Lisa Shumaker)