Coronavirus cases, deaths rise in Texas after state reopens


Coronavirus cases are on the rise in Texas since the Lone Star state started reopening almost three weeks ago, new numbers show.

The case count hit 45,198 Friday, up 1,347 from the day before, ABC News reported.

The death toll has increased as well, reaching a record 58 fatalities on Thursday and 56 on Friday. The total death count stood at 1,272 Friday.

A spokesman for Gov. Greg Abbott told ABC News that an increase in testing was contributing to a rise in the number of cases. The spokesman said hospitalizations had remained steady.

Texas lifted its stay-at-home order April 30 with a phased reopening. Shops and restaurants are already back in business and gyms are set to reopen Monday.

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