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Texas has become the first US state with more than 1 million confirmed coronavirus cases.
The nations second-most populous state has recorded 1.01 million coronavirus cases and 19,337 deaths since the pandemic began in early March, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Texas registered 10,865 confirmed cases on Tuesday, setting a new daily record in a state led by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. Texas had recently surpassed California, the most populous state, with the most cases. The true number of infections is likely higher because many people havent been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick.
A COVID-19 drive-through testing site in El Paso. Bloomberg
A report from the University of Texas also showed that 6 per cent of the entire population in one prison had died of COVID-19. In another county jail, 11 out of 14 people who died had no criminal convictions and were simply being held awaiting trial.
Worse, authorities appear to have released people to avoid having COVID-19 deaths recorded on the prison system.
“Some jails may have intentionally released people at risk of dying so that the death would not be recorded as a jail death. Moreover, in both prisons and jails, some people died without ever having been tested for COVID,and some died from a pre-existing medical condition worsened by COVID. Those deaths are not counted as COVID deaths.”