Florida’s COVID cases up fivefold in 2 weeks: ‘The numbers are scary’
Category: News & PoliticsVia: krishna • 2 weeks ago • 28 comments
By: Frances Robles
Pedestrians and bikers in Miami Beach, Fla., June 28, 2020. –Saul Martinez/The New York Times
On Saturday, for the second straight day, Florida crushed its previous record for new coronavirus cases, reporting 9,585 infections. Another 8,530 were reported Sunday.
Much of Florida’s new surge in cases appears to follow from the reopening of beaches, bars, restaurants and other social activities. Florida now joins South Carolina and Nevada among the states that broke daily records over the weekend.
Florida public health experts worry that the surging case numbers will lead to a crush of hospitalizations and, eventually, of deaths.
Officials have done little so far to halt public interactions. The mayor of one affluent Miami suburb implored residents this week to stop throwing house parties. On Friday, state officials prohibited the sale of alcohol in bars.
DeSantis said the surge of new cases can be attributed to the huge numbers of tests results that are coming in each day.