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WATCH: Texas governor gives coronavirus update

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a news conference to give an update on the state’s efforts to fight the novel coronavirus.

Watch Gov. Abbott’s remarks in the player above.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he is issuing an executive order to begin “opening the Texas economy, helping you return to work using the safest standards to contain the coronavirus.”

“Now, understand this: Opening Texas must occur in stages,” Abbott said. “Obviously, not all businesses can open all at once on May the 1st.” The governor said that he had formed a strike force to study how to develop testing and tracing protocols that would allow people to safely resume some aspects of public life until a vaccine can be developed. All schools will be closed through the remainder of the academic year.

He also said he would be releasing more details on April 27.