Peter Wells in New York
Texas reported a record jump in coronavirus cases on Tuesday, suggesting the virus is spreading again in the second largest state in the United States.
Another 10,865 people tested positive in the past 24 hours, up from 3,816 on Monday and 7,997 on Tuesday last week.
That was above the previous high of 10,791 new cases on July 15, when the state was among those in the sun belt to see an increase in infections, according to the Ministry of Health.
The Lone Star state averaged 7,000 new cases per day for the past week, the highest rate in three months, compared to a peak rate of about 9,500 per day in late July.
For months, authorities have added older cases resulting from test jams in commercial laboratories to their nationwide totals, even though these are excluded from the daily list.
Authorities uncovered 346 historic cases on Tuesday, including 201 in the El Paso area and 132 in the Houston area.
That brings the number of infections in Texas since the pandemic started to 974,230, less than 3,000 cases away from surpassing California as the US state with the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases.
The recent surge in cases may be due in part to increased testing, with the seven-day average of Covid-19 tests in Texas topping 100,000 for the first time on Sunday. The state's positivity rate is more than 11 percent, however, at its highest level in three months.
The increase in cases was also accompanied by an increase in the number of people in Texas hospitals being treated for coronavirus. The number of hospital admissions rose from 6,103 on Monday to 6,170 on Tuesday, the highest since August 17.
Authorities attributed another 94 deaths to the coronavirus, up from 26 on Monday and 97 on Tuesday last week.