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Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered hospitals to postpone elective surgeries to conserve beds for COVID-19 patients.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott suspended elective surgeries in over 100 counties in Texas to conserve bed space and resources for coronavirus patients.

Abbott issued a Proclamation in more than 100 counties located within 11 Trauma Service Areas in Texas. The Governor postponed procedures that are 'not immediate, medically necessary to correct the serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient without the immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient's physician.' The order has been passed to save the hospital bed space and resources for COVID-19 patients.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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