Texas struggles as Covid-19 cases surge

Texas shattered records on Tuesday when it reported over 10,000 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day increase in the state since the pandemic started, according to the state health department.

Texas, with 30 million residents, has reported more new daily coronavirus cases than any European country had at the height of their outbreaks, according to a Reuters tally.

Outbreaks in Texas, California, Florida and Arizona have helped the United States break records and send cases rising at the highest rates seen yet in the epidemic.

In June, Texas infections rose by 154% or over 100,000 new cases. The percentage of tests coming back positive has soared in July to 13% from 5% at the end of May.

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Healthcare workers push a patient into a less intensive unit from the Covid-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on July 2, 2020. - Despite its renowned medical center with the largest agglomeration of hospitals and research laboratories in the world, Houston is on the verge of being overwhelmed by cases of coronavirus exploding in Texas. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Julia Benarrous: "Covid-19: Houston's hospital system underwater" (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker tends to a patient in the Covid-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on July 2, 2020. - Despite its renowned medical center with the largest agglomeration of hospitals and research laboratories in the world, Houston is on the verge of being overwhelmed by cases of coronavirus exploding in Texas. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Julia Benarrous: "Covid-19: Houston's hospital system underwater" (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - JULY 07: A man gets tested for coronavirus at a COVID19 testing center on July 7, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Patients have their temperature and pulse checked before being swabbed. Along with Florida and Arizona, coronavirus cases in Texas have spiked recently. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - JULY 07: A medical worker explains paperwork to a patient at a COVID19 testing center on July 7, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Patients have their temperature and pulse checked before being swabbed. Along with Florida and Arizona, coronavirus cases in Texas have spiked recently. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - JULY 07: People sit in their cars and wait in line at a COVID19 testing center on July 7, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Some testing sites have hours long waits and some people arrive as early as sunrise. Patients have their temperature and pulse checked before being swabbed. Along with Florida and Arizona, coronavirus cases in Texas have spiked recently. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - JULY 07: A worker speaks with patients at a COVID19 testing center on July 7, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Some testing sites have hours long waits and some people arrive as early as sunrise. Patients have their temperature and pulse checked before being swabbed. Along with Florida and Arizona, coronavirus cases in Texas have spiked recently. (Photo by Sergio Flores/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 06: Artist Jeremy Miller wipes down the door at New York Hardcore Tattoos on the first day of re-opening as New York City officially begins ‘Phase Three,’ of opening on July 06, 2020 in New York City. While the resumption of indoor dining as been postponed indefinitely due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in states such as Texas and Florida, ‘Phase Three’ in New York will allow for beauty businesses — nail salons, tanning studios and tattoo parlors — to open their doors to customers for the first time in months. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A client receives a pedicure at Maggie's Spa beauty salon as New York City officially begins "Phase Three" of opening on July 6, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough of New York. - While the resumption of indoor dining has been postponed indefinitely due to a spike in Covid-19 cases in states such as Texas and Florida, "Phase Three" in New York will allow for beauty businesses, nail salons, tanning studios and tattoo parlors, to open their doors to customers for the first time in months. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, July 2, 2020 -- A chef wearing a face mask works at a Chinese restaurant in Houston, Texas, the United States, on July 2, 2020. U.S. state of Texas added more than 7,500 new COVID-19 cases on Friday as statewide mask mandate came into effect. (Photo by Lie Ma/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)
Healthcare workers talk to a patient in the Covid-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas, July 2, 2020. - Despite its renowned medical center with the largest agglomeration of hospitals and research laboratories in the world, Houston is on the verge of being overwhelmed by cases of coronavirus exploding in Texas. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Julia Benarrous: "Covid-19: Houston's hospital system underwater" (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, July 2, 2020 -- A customer wearing a face mask looks at a takeout menu at a Chinese restaurant in Houston, Texas, the United States, on July 2, 2020. U.S. state of Texas added more than 7,500 new COVID-19 cases on Friday as statewide mask mandate came into effect. (Photo by Lie Ma/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker closes her eyes and leans on her colleague to rest outside of the Covid-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on July 2, 2020. - Despite its renowned medical center with the largest agglomeration of hospitals and research laboratories in the world, Houston is on the verge of being overwhelmed by cases of coronavirus exploding in Texas. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Julia Benarrous: "Covid-19: Houston's hospital system underwater" (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)
A healthcare worker tends walks into the Covid-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on July 2, 2020. - Despite its renowned medical center with the largest agglomeration of hospitals and research laboratories in the world, Houston is on the verge of being overwhelmed by cases of coronavirus exploding in Texas. (Photo by Mark Felix / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Julia Benarrous: "Covid-19: Houston's hospital system underwater" (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A healthcare worker tends to a patient in the Covid-19 Unit at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas on July 2, 2020. - Despite its renowned medical center with the largest agglomeration of hospitals and research laboratories in the world, Houston is on the verge of being overwhelmed by cases of coronavirus exploding in Texas. (Photo by MARK FELIX / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Julia Benarrous: "Covid-19: Houston's hospital system underwater" (Photo by MARK FELIX/AFP via Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 2: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image contains graphic content.) (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A member of the medical staff treats a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 2, 2020 in Houston, Texas. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked since Texas reopened, pushing intensive-care wards to full capacity and sparking concerns about a surge in fatalities as the virus spreads. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 2: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) A member of the medical staff listens to a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 2, 2020 in Houston, Texas. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked since Texas reopened, pushing intensive-care wards to full capacity and sparking concerns about a surge in fatalities as the virus spreads. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - JULY 2: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Members of the medical staff move a bed to transfer a patient to another room outside of the COVID-19 intensive care unit at the United Memorial Medical Center on July 2, 2020 in Houston, Texas. COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have spiked since Texas reopened, pushing intensive-care wards to full capacity and sparking concerns about a surge in fatalities as the virus spreads. (Photo by Go Nakamura/Getty Images)
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To contain the outbreak, Texas ordered bars to close and limited restaurant capacity. The governor has said shutting down the state again is a last resort and has resisted mandating masks when people go out in public.

Only two other US states have reported more than 10,000 cases in a day. Florida reported 11,458 new cases on Saturday.

New York recorded 12,847 new infections on April 10, three weeks after the state implemented a strict lockdown that closed most businesses. Once the epicenter of the US epidemic, New York saw cases rise by about 6% in June - the lowest rate in the country.

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