Five Navy units have been sent to the US state of Texas to help fight the coronavirus, according to a statement on the website of the state’s Governor, Greg Abbott.

“Assistance from our Federal partners is critical to our work to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities in Texas,” the Governor was quoted as saying.

The units consist of medics and support staff, and they will be sent to different hospitals.

The Governor did not specify the number, but a week earlier, the military announced plans to send 580 specialists from the Navy and land forces to Texas.

Texas is the second-most populous state in the United States. Since June, there has been a steady increase in the number of new cases of coronavirus. In recent days, this figure has been around 10 thousand per day. In total, in the state, with a population of about 29 million people, about 320 thousand cases of infection were registered, 3,865 people died.