Fri, 27 Nov 2020

HOUSTON, Oct. 26 (Xinhua) -- The authorities in El Paso, a U.S. border city with Mexico, have imposed a curfew as a spike in COVID-19 cases overwhelms local hospitals.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego on Sunday urged citizens to stay home for two weeks and ordered to implement a 10 p.m. (0400 GMT) to 5 a.m. (1100 GMT) curfew.

"Our hospitals are now at a point where they are overwhelmed and exhausted, and I am left with no choice but to take this next step in hopes of seeing some stability in our community and most importantly to save lives," Samaniego was quoted by local media as saying.

The number of new infections in the city is still climbing. On Monday, it reported a record high of 1,443 new cases.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients stood at 853 as of Monday morning, with 180 in intensive care units and 99 on ventilators, according to official figures.

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