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COVID-19 cases surge in U.S. border city El Paso

27 Oct 2020, 08:30 GMT+10

HOUSTON, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the U.S. border city of El Paso as local officials asked people to stay at home for the next two weeks, local media reported on Monday.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations in El Paso, a U.S border city with Mexico, have spiked from 259 to 786 in less than three weeks, The Texas Tribune quoted Angela Mora, the director of the El Paso Public Health Department, as saying.

On Sunday, El Paso authorities implemented a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and health officials asked residents to stay home for the next two weeks in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.

The stay-at-home request came as El Paso followed a statewide trend of record turnout during early voting.

"It's important for the public to understand that voting is safe and our county elective department has taken steps to ensure the safety and health of El Paso voters," the report quoted El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego as saying. "Please continue to exercise your right to vote."

According to Texas Health and Human Services, there have been over 40,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in El Paso County as of Monday.

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