‘Texas is going to be the next hot spot’ for coronavirus, epidemiologist says

Gov. Greg Abbott expects coronavirus to peak in Texas in April

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SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic is not expected to peak in Texas until the end of April and one epidemiologist thinks “Texas is going to be the next hot spot.”

John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital, told ABC News we can already see the cases starting to increase, it is the start of an exponential rise.”

Abbott said Thursday that more than 51,000 Texans had been tested for COVID-19 with 4,650 positive cases and about 70 deaths - more than triple the number of positive cases from one week ago.

Officials think Florida could also be an emerging hot spot for positive COVID-19 cases and the former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb tweeted Tuesday that Miami could become an epicenter for spread.

“Any intervention we do now will take weeks to see the impact,” said Brownstein.

Abbott issued an executive order Wednesday that extends social-distancing guidelines for Texas through April 30.

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.


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