AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Texas Governor Greg Abbott has postponed the May 26 primary runoff elections until July 14 because of the coronavirus threat.

The governor’s office announced the delay in a statement Friday afternoon, citing “the state’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” the illness caused by the new coronavirus.

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State health officials have identified about 200 COVID-19 cases in Texas, with five patients dying of the disease.

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Early voting for the runoffs will begin July 6.

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