Peter Wells in New York
Texas reported its smallest daily increase in coronavirus infections in two weeks on Monday, but is shrinking the gap with California to rank as the US state with the highest overall number of Covid-19 cases.
A further 3,816 people tested positive over the past 24 hours, the health department revealed, down from 5,404 on Sunday and compared with 4,763 on Monday last week.
It was the smallest single-day increase since October 25, but comes after cases topped 8,300 on Thursday, which was the biggest one-day jump in nearly three months.
Authorities have for months been adding older cases from backlogs of tests at commercial laboratories to the statewide tally, although these are excluded from the daily count.
More than 550 historical cases were revealed today by the health department, including 136 from the region around Houston and 107 from the area around San Antonio.
That all took the total number of cases in the Lone Star state to 963,019, second only to California’s 971,851 infections.
The number of people currently in Texas hospitals being treated for coronavirus edged up by 23 to 6,103, the highest level since mid-August.
A further 26 deaths were attributed to coronavirus, down from 43 on Sunday and compared with 20 on Monday last week.
Monday figures tend to be lower than other days of the week due to weekend delays in reporting.