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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has argued that people can travel safely to the state via commercial flights, citing a drop in the number of coronavirus cases.
On Monday, the Florida Department of Health reported 1,885 new cases of COVID-19, the lowest total number of new cases since June 15, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
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According to the Associated Press, the Sunshine State saw average peaks of nearly 12,000 cases per day in mid-July.
DeSantis spoke to industry executives at an air travel forum on Friday and said he had not heard of any airline passengers catching the viral illness on an airplane.
“When this industry thrives, it provides this economic security to so many people in the state of Florida,” the governor in Fort Lauderdale said, according to the Associated Press.
Aviation executives told DeSantis the pandemic was having a huge impact on international travel to the state, as many countries announced travel restrictions for travel to and from the United States amid of the current epidemic.
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According to the governor, 8.8 million people traveled from March to June in Florida, up from 24 million in the same period a year earlier.
The travel supports 934,000 jobs and $ 102 billion in spending in the Sunshine State, America’s second after California, the US Travel Association said.
Fox 13 reports that there are now 623,471 cases of COVID-19 in the state, where the viral illness has claimed the lives of 11,187 people – an increase of 68, following Sunday’s update.
Florida’s test positive rate last week averaged less than 10%, The Associated Press reported.
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In addition, the number of people treated for COVID-19 at Sunshine State hospitals is reportedly down, after peaks of more than 9,500 cases on July 23, according to the outlet.
“We have had very strong, long-lasting declines in almost every indicator,” DeSantis said. “I think you are seeing some really good positive trends.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.