Florida reported 11,458 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, breaking the one-day record set on Thursday.
The Florida Department of Health has now reported 190,052 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,702 deaths, including 18 new deaths reported on independence day, according to the Orlando Sentinel. There were 101 additional deaths from non-residents of Florida.
The single-day record was last broken on Thursday, when more than 10,000 new cases were reported.
Florida is one of the many states, including Texas, California and Arizona, which have become hot spots for new infections in the United States.
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“We will not come back, closing things down,” he said on Wednesday. “I don’t think that’s really what drives him. The people who go into a business are not what drives it. I think when you see the younger ones – I think a lot of them are more social interactions, so that’s natural. “
The escalations raised fears of new epidemics during the weekend of July 4. In response to these concerns, Miami-Dade County has announced that it will impose a curfew over the weekend.
Curfew, starting each evening at 10 p.m. and extending until 6 a.m. the next morning, will be implemented “until further notice,” said county mayor Carlos Giménez.
Miami-Dade County and other communities have closed their beaches for the holiday weekend amid fears that the rallies would trigger new epidemics of coronavirus.
However, hundreds of bathers went to the open beaches to celebrate Independence Day.
A small stretch of New Smyrna Beach on July 4. The beach is at full capacity.
The number of positive coronavirus cases in Florida increased by 11,458, a record today. pic.twitter.com/jRYzE3VTUu
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Aileen Marty, an infectious disease specialist who helped draft the Miami-Dade reopening rules, warned that the state was “going a million miles an hour in the wrong direction” in dealing with the pandemic.
“This is absolutely the saddest thing, the most pointless situation we find ourselves in,” said Marty. “And it’s behavioral. “
Experts attribute the increase in the number of cases in Florida and other states to the overly rapid reopening of businesses after a week of closure and a loosening of recommendations on social distancing.
DeSantis initially resisted a statewide home stay order at the start of the epidemic and was one of the last governors to implement one.
The state began reopening businesses in May, and among the first businesses to open were restaurants, gyms, bars, and large outdoor sporting events, with crowd restrictions. Coronavirus cases started to increase in early June.
DeSantis also resisted a statewide mandate to wear masks and argued that the state has many hospital capacities to cope with the increasing number of cases.
The governor also sought to minimize the importance of the increase in infections. This week, he refused to take responsibility for the increase in the number of cases in Florida at the request of a reporter.
“Well, do you attribute to Florida a much lower number of deaths per 100,000 population than any of the states you just congratulated? “, He replied.