More people died in Houston in July than in the past four months combined

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The Texas city of Houston saw more people die from coronavirus in July than died in the previous four months combined, said Mayor Sylvester Turner.

“We have reported 386 people who have died in the city … 151 of those deaths came just in the month of July,” Turner said. “We have had more people to die in July than March, April, May, June combined.”

The number of hospital admissions appears to be going down somewhat — but there is still rapid community spread, he said.

In May, about 3,700 people tested positive for the virus. In June, that figure rose to 13,000. In July, it was more than 20,000, he said.

The Houston Department of Health reported 811 new cases Saturday, bringing the total to 40,897. Houston also reported 16 new coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total death toll to 386.

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