Florida reports record of more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases
Florida reported 4,049 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, another consecutive record increase in one day. The number of nationwide infections has risen to at least 93,797.
There have now been over 3,100 COVID-19 deaths in Florida. The state has tested over 1.5 million people, according to the health department.
While Governor Ron DeSantis has attributed the recent tips to improved access to testing, many experts say the rash reopening plan of the state after initial closings may be to blame. In the almost two months since DeSantis declared victory against the virus and announced the reopening of Florida, there has been an explosion of new cases across the state.
DeSantis said in a press conference on Saturday that many of the new positive tests came from younger, asymptomatic people. However, he found that the infection rate in this group appears to be "accelerating", which he called "cause for concern".
Experts from the Philadelphia Children's Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania said this week that the state had "all the markings of the next major epicenter". They selected Texas, Arizona and the Carolinas as other states that are spreading widely in the community.
Her report states that the risk in Florida is "the worst that our projections have ever seen".
With the exception of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, all of Florida is in the second phase of reopening. Bars and restaurants can be 50% full, and gyms, retail stores, museums, libraries, and professional sports venues can operate at full capacity.
The Major League Baseball, however, has decided to shut down all spring training facilities in the state. And many companies have decided to voluntarily close after employees or customers test positive.
At a press conference in Miami on Friday, DeSantis said that wearing face masks should be voluntary. The same week, the Keys made it mandatory to wear masks until June 2021, reports CBS Miami.
"This must be voluntary because the constitution is not suspended just because there is a virus," said DeSantis. "You have the right to protest, you have the right to go to church, all these other things."
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People gather on the beach in Miami Beach, Florida on June 16, 2020. EVA MARIE UZCATEGUI / Getty Images
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