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Texas has seen a slight recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, with a record level of new cases and hospitalizations, announced Tuesday. People are here Monday along the San Antonio River Walk.

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Texas has seen a slight recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, with a record level of new cases and hospitalizations, announced Tuesday. People are here Monday along the San Antonio River Walk.

Eric Gay / AP

Texas Gouv. Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday the highest state of the new COVID-19 case: 2,622.

He also reported a second record: 2,518 people hospitalized with the virus in Texas, from 2,326 a day earlier.

Despite the slight increase in the number of people sick with the virus, Abbott said the reason for his press conference is to let Texans know about the “abundant” hospitalization capacity for treating people with COVID-19. He and other officials spent much of the briefing claiming the hospital’s state of bed availability.

Unveiling the new record for the number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19, Abbott pointed out that the figure is “really a very small percentage of all beds are available. ”

Texas has so far been spared from the top the number of cases in other highly populated states. While it is the second largest state in the population, Texas is currently ranked sixth in terms of cumulative case numbers.

Before dropping the number of new cases, Abbott delved into what he said represented the previous high daily on June 10, which had nearly 2,504 new cases. The governor said the spike could be largely attributed to 520 positive tests from inmates in Texas jails both reported as well as a data error in a rural department.

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