The border city of El Paso, Texas, has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Texas, a state that has already surpassed a million cases. Amid this public health crisis, a political dispute has erupted over how to reduce transmission. The top executive of El Paso county, a Democrat, has ordered closures of nonessential businesses, drawing opposition from the state’s attorney general, a Republican, in a battle that is playing out in court. Meanwhile, with more than 1,000 new cases per day, hospitals are overwhelmed and the dead are accumulating at mobile morgue units. Latinos are particularly affected by the virus. Molly Smith reports from El Paso.
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