The governor of Texas announced Thursday, to “pause” the process of déconfinement underway in this Southern State of the United States in the face of ” the recent increase in cases of COVID-19 and hospital admissions observed.
“This temporary pause will help our State to contain the spread until we can enter the new phase of re-opening for the businesses,” said governor Greg Abbott in a press release, asking people to wear masks and observe rules of social distancing.
“As a State, the last thing we want is to go back in and close the shops “, he added.
Texas is one of the first u.s. States to have re-opened its economy. As soon as the 1st of may, restaurants, shopping centers and stores were able to reopen at a reduced capacity. Bars, hairdressing salons and aesthetics had followed suit in the following weeks.
The statement of the governor comes at a time when restaurants have the right to host 75 % of their capacity in the usual way.
Greg Abbott has also paused from Friday surgeries are not essential in the larger cities of the State ” to ensure that hospitals in these counties continue to have a sufficient number of beds available to treat patients with COVID-19 “.
Texas is part of the States of the southern United States, where the epidemic is experiencing a strong rebound since the beginning of the month of June. The local authorities reported Wednesday, 5551 new cases of coronavirus in a day, a record figure.
In total since the beginning of the epidemic, Texas has state 125 921 cases and 2249 death.