Overcrowded beach in Florida amid coronavirus
Overcrowded beach in Florida amid coronavirus
Photo: EPA
 Overcrowded beach in Florida amid coronavirus

Florida sets one-day coronavirus record, more than most of world

The record increase of more than 15,000 new cases in a day came as Disney World reopened and state authorities closed some businesses; if Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases in a day

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Published: 07.13.20 , 08:38
Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours on Sunday, as the Trump administration renewed its push for schools to reopen and anti-mask protests were planned in Michigan and Missouri.
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  • If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases in a day behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to an analysis.
     Overcrowded beach in Florida amid coronavirus  Overcrowded beach in Florida amid coronavirus
    Overcrowded beach in Florida amid coronavirus
    (Photo: EPA)
    Florida’s daily increases in cases have already surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the pandemic there. It has also broken New York state’s record of 12,847 new cases on April 10 when it was the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.
    The latest rise was reported a day after Walt Disney World in Orlando reopened with a limited number of guests who were welcomed with a host of safety measures, including masks and temperature checks.
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    Walt Disney World in Orlando
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    Anti-mask activists in several states, including Florida and Michigan, have organized protests against local mandates, arguing that the measures infringe upon individual freedom.
    Coronavirus infections are rising in about 40 states, according to a Reuters analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks. Nationally, the United States has broken global records by registering about 60,000 new cases a day for the last four days in a row, according to the latest tally. Hospitalizations and positive test rates are also rising in Arizona, California, Florida and Texas.
    Florida reported a record amount of testing, with nearly 143,000 results announced on Sunday compared with an average of 68,000 for the prior seven days.

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