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(Natural News) Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott reported Tuesday that the state recorded over 5,000 new Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, setting a record for the largest single-day increase in cases.

Abbot did not initially offer an exact number of new cases or tests in total. However, the Texas Department of State Health Services later confirmed that the state had 5,489 new cases and 28 deaths.

The announcement comes just days after the state surpassed 4,000 new cases for the first time, over the past weekend.

Hospitals running out of space

Abbot revealed the daunting new record during an interview with television station KBTX where he also urged Texans to take the deadly pandemic seriously. In addition, Abbot also touched on the rising number of coronavirus-related hospitalizations in the state. (Related: Texas has had 1,000 new coronavirus cases every day since last week – but Gov. Abbott insists the state is ready to reopen.)

“The hospitalization rate is at an all-time high,” he said. “The coronavirus is serious. It’s spreading in Brazos County, across the entire state of Texas.”

Despite this, Abbot stressed that the state still had enough hospital beds to deal with the surge. However, anecdotes from the state’s largest medical centers seem to state otherwise.

In Houston, there have been so many cases that the Texas Children’s Hospital

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