Texas nears 25,000 virus deaths, awaits more vaccines

Texas is nearing 25,000 deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, the second highest total in the country.

On Friday, state health officials reported 294 new deaths due to COVID-19, bringing Texas’ death toll to 24,954.

Cases of COVID-19 and virus-related hospitalizations continue to rise in the state.

On Friday, the state reported 9,709 people hospitalized with the virus, an increase of nearly 22% over the last month.

The increase in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations comes as state health officials announced Friday that Texas will receive 620,000 more doses of COVID-19 vaccines over the next week.

More than 224,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine have already been delivered in Texas.

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