Texas passes 500K cases; governor warns against gatherings

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 Graphic. (U.S. Air Force Graphic by Rosario "Charo" Gutierrez)

By PAUL J. WEBER

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has surpassed 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott suggests family and neighborhood gatherings are behind a sharp rise in the rate of positive tests. Abbott also continued to say Tuesday that more testing in Texas is likely after dropping off in recent weeks, a trend seen across the U.S. even as deaths mount. Texas has reported more than 1,400 new deaths over the past week, including 220 on Tuesday.