Texas reported the largest daily surge in confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic started – 8,258 – on Saturday, following a face mask mandate from Governor Greg Abbott to slow the surge in cases.
According to The Associated Press, the total number of confirmed cases in the state of Texas is now 191,790.
In addition, there have been reports of 33 additional deaths related to COVID-19, increasing the nationwide death toll to 2,608. Hospital stays remained somewhat stable at 7,890.
“COVID-19 doesn’t go away, it gets worse. More than ever, all measures must be taken until treatments for COVID-19 are available, ”Abbott said in a video released by his office. “We need to do more to slow the spread without blocking Texas again.”
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Anyone found to not match Abbott’s face mask order could be fined $ 250, Fox 4 reported.
For the first time, the authorities can expect a verbal or written warning. If someone violates the mandate a second time, a fine can be imposed, but no one is arrested or detained for not wearing a mask.
The governor’s order also empowers local officials to restrict certain outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people.
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Despite criticism of rising case numbers, President Trump has argued that as the number of tests increases, so does the number of positive results – with most patients recovering or remaining asymptomatic.