COVID-19 deaths in Texas increase by 25, now stands at 648

1 year 6 months 20 hours ago Sunday, April 26 2020 Apr 26, 2020 April 26, 2020 11:07 AM April 26, 2020 in News - AP Texas Headlines
Assistant manager Kaila Yoachum, left, watches as product buyer Allison Scott promotes products during a live online video session in a corner of their store, Apricot Lane Boutique, at the Galleria in Dallas, Friday April 24, 2020. Scott said that online video sales was part of their business model, instituting the service to the clients several months before the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott said the online sales alone are what is helping their business survive through the health crisis. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The number of deaths in Texas due to COVID-19, which is caused by the coronavirus, has risen by 25, the Texas health department reported Sunday.

There have been at least 648 deaths, up from 623 reported Saturday, and more than 24,000 coronavirus cases, according to the department. The number of infections is likely much higher because many people have not been tested and studies suggest people can be infected and not feel sick. The department reported more than 1,500 people hospitalized with the virus.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

As of Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, allowed retailers to sell items for curbside pickup. Also this week, he reopened state parks and is allowing doctors to perform nonessential surgeries.

Appointments at salons and dine-in restaurant service are among those not yet allowed to open, although some businesses reopened even though they weren’t supposed to, including a hair salon in Dallas that got a citation.

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