Texas Department of Health reported 2.2 million Covid-19 cases and more than 35,400 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic on Wednesday.
It is the second state after California to reach 2 million Covid-19 cases. Texas was the first US state that surpassed 1 million cases last year in November. The state’s total caseload has doubled, just two and a half months later.
Texas has the second highest total cases in the U.S. but ranks much lower in cases per capita.
About 7% of the state’s 29 million residents have been infected with the coronavirus.
New cases and hospitalizations in Texas have recently declined, but the state has been reporting an average of more than 300 new deaths every day and many ICUs are at capacity.