The place at the epicentre of the US outbreak

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The US had just over nine million Covid-19 cases when November began – now, just weeks later, the country is topping 11 million. And one west Texas county has emerged as the latest American epicentre.

Right on the border with Mexico, El Paso in Texas is known for its desert landscape, military complexes and plentiful sunshine. Now, it’s making a name as one of the worst-hit regions in the nation.

Covid-19 patients account for more than half of all hospital admissions in the county of El Paso, and the case count continues to trend upwards.

And yet there has been no lockdown in the city, which has around as many confirmed cases as the whole of Greece.

From overflowing hospitals to mobile morgues, read more about the unfolding crisis

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