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Virus patients in US state of Texas jump by 12,563

The US state of Texas has hit a new record high for coronavirus hospitalizations as a surge in the disease caused by the coronavirus continued to strain state medical resources following holiday travel and gatherings.
State health officials reported 12,563 patients in Texas hospitals on Sunday, an increase of more than 240 from Saturday. It was the sixth time in seven days that the state reported record-breaking hospitalizations.
Intensive care units in several parts of the state were full or nearly full Sunday, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The department reported 14,535 new confirmed patients Sunday, 1,510 more probable infections, and 50 fatalities.

Texas has recorded more than 1.8 million infections and more than 28,000 deaths.