Florida also set a record high of daily infection rates on Saturday, when 11,458 cases were reported, and more than 63,000 new cases were confirmed in the past week, according to a local newspaper.
Governor Ron DeSantis said earlier this week that he believed the state had “stabilized” but would like to see the coronavirus numbers return to what they were in May and early June.
“There is no need to be afraid,” he added, despite the growing number of positive tests.
Cases have increased in other states in the United States, bringing the country’s total to more than 3 million confirmed cases of coronavirus and nearly 133,000 deaths.
DeSantis has repeatedly stated that he will not reinstate the lockdowns and does not expect the masking warrants to do anything to mitigate the spread of the virus.
The governor also said that the increase in cases in Florida was due to the fact that testing capacity had increased, echoing President Trump’s rejection of the increase in COVID-19 in the United States.
“There have been far more infections than documented cases,” DeSantis said on Monday. “But that is not really proof that it is more widespread. ”
Health officials have said that the virus is accelerating and that infection rates are not increasing strictly due to testing.
“In April and May, we process 100,000 cases a day,” said official Michael Ryan, head of the World Health Organization (WHO), during a press briefing on Tuesday. “Today we process 200,000 a day.”
“This epidemic is accelerating,” added Ryan.
Ryan also said the global community should not be surprised if death rates start to rise rapidly, noting the “lag time” it takes for the coronavirus to run its course after cases increased in June and early July.
“We’ve only really seen this rapid increase in cases in the last five to six weeks,” said Ryan. “So I don’t think it should be a surprise if deaths start to rise again.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the senior health official of the White House Coronavirus task force, also warned this week that the United States had not completed the first phase of the coronavirus as cases continued to grow. spread.
“We are still on our knees in the first wave of this,” said Fauci during a livestream on social media on Monday.
“Rather than looking at the public health effort against economic opening as if it were opposing forces … we should use the public health effort as a vehicle and a path to safe reopening “Said Fauci.
President Trump went on Twitter on Thursday to express his frustration at the ever-increasing number of coronaviruses.
“For the 1 / 100th time, the reason why we show so many cases, compared to other countries which have not done as well as us, is that our TEST is much bigger and better”, wrote Trump. “We tested 40,000,000 people. If we made 20,000,000 instead, the cases would be half, etc. NOT SIGNED! ”
Like Trump, DeSantis is pushing for schools to reopen in the fall, citing concerns about an “education gap” that he believes online learning has caused.
“I want our children to be able to minimize this education gap which I think has grown,” DeSantis said Thursday at a press conference in Jacksonville. “Despite good efforts with the web, it’s just not the same thing. So I am concerned about this gap. ”
The DeSantis conference came a day after the Palm Beach County school board agreed that the courses, which were scheduled to start in August, would be held online for the 2020-2021 school year.
The final vote on whether or not to hold classes at Palm Beach is scheduled for July 15, according to local media WPTV.
DeSantis added that parents should be able to make the decision to have their children take online lessons if they are not comfortable with taking the lessons in person.
“If a parent wants to opt for virtual education, they absolutely must be able to do so,” said DeSantis. “We should not force them to make decisions of any kind.”