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Texas Up 4.8%; U.S. Cases Climb Fastest This Month: Virus Update

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Texas paused its reopening, Houston’s intensive-care wards reached full capacity and surgeries were suspended as new coronavirus cases climbed 4.8%, topping a one week average. Infections rose in two other Sun Belt states, adding to concern for a resurgence of the outbreak.

Arizona’s new infections increased at double the weekly average, and Florida reported infections rose more than the one-week trend. New modeling predicts the virus will kill 180,000 Americans by October, though an embrace of masks may lessen the toll.