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As Texas shattered a single-day record with 12,000 new coronavirus cases reported, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has ruled out another lockdown and accused local leaders of not enforcing existing restrictions. 

His rejection of a shutdown comes as other governors across the U.S. take aggressive new steps to curb record-shattering spikes in COVID-19 cases that are pushing hospitals to the limit. Texas is on the verge of surpassing 8,000 hospitalized COVID-19 patients for the first time since a deadly summer outbreak, which back then Abbott met with orders that closed bars and limited restaurant occupancy.

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