According to Johns Hopkins University, Texas became the first state to exceed 1 million confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The grim milestone comes as America is experiencing a rise in disease rates everywhere.
Texas, the second-most populous US state, now has more cases of coronavirus than the whole of Italy, which used to be one of the main hotspots of the pandemic. This is followed by California with more than 986,000 confirmed cases, followed by Florida with more than 852,000. There are fewer than 600,000 confirmed cases in all other States, including the former hotspot of New York, according to the University.
According to experts, after the number of new cases in Texas remained relatively stable in September, it increased in October. More than 10,800 new cases were reported on Tuesday, and more than 18,800 people have died in the state since the pandemic began.
El Paso, which has more than 64,000 cases, is now one of the epicenters today. The County has registered more than 22,000 new infections in the past two weeks, and the city uses mobile morgues to store the bodies of coronavirus victims.