Governor says Texas ‘beginning to slow’ the spread of virus


Visitor wear face masks as they take a selfie in front to the Alamo, which is closes due to the COVID-19 outbreak, in San Antonio, Friday, April 10, 2020. San Antonio remains under stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 outbreak keeping tourist areas closed to the public.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott is expressing optimism Texas is seeing signs of slowing the coronavirus outbreak.

But the Republican warned Friday that the number of deaths was not yet showing signs of leveling off. Texas now has more than 11,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and more than 220 related deaths.

He said the number of hospitalizations statewide has remained flat for several days, even as Texas continues to expand the number of tests.

Also Friday, a state judge in Austin overturned an Abbott order restricting judge’s from granting bonds for releases to lower jail populations.  

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