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Houston Facing ‘Apocalyptic’ July 4 Holiday as Virus Surges

  • Cases in Harris County seen tripling or quadrupling in weeks
  • ‘We can’t go there,’ says tropical medicine specialist Hotez
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WATCH: Houston-area ICU beds are almost full as the state sees a new rise in coronavirus cases. Source: Bloomberg)

Houston’s Covid-19 outbreak is accelerating at an exponential pace that will swamp the fourth-largest U.S. city’s medical infrastructure by the Independence Day holiday, less than two weeks away, a leading disease specialist warned.

Even as Houston-area intensive-care wards approach full capacity, the worst is yet to come because of “the huge amount of transmission going on in our community,” Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, said in an interview Thursday.