Florida registered more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in one day, setting a new record for a state in the country, surpassing the mark previously reached by California, according to official figures published on Sunday (12).
The Florida Department of Health reported a total of 15,299 cases in this southeastern American state, which represented a 47% increase based on yesterday’s record. Florida also recorded 45 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours.
In five days, Florida added 55,842 new cases.
The previous record of contagions in one day belonged to California, with a record of 11,694 on Wednesday. Before that, the highest mark was reached in New York, with 11,571 cases reported on April 14.
Florida Governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, spurred the reopening of activities on May 4, ahead of other states in the country.
In an unusual direct criticism, the White House’s top pandemic advisor, Anthony Fauci, said on Thursday that this southern state had moved forward with suspending the confinement before public health indicators were adequate to do so.
DeSantis repudiated these statements, justifying having relied on data at the time of the reopening.
In late June, DeSantis stepped back, by ordering bars to be closed to contain the spread of the disease. But the number of infections continued to rise.
The Florida governor declined to demand wearing masks on the streets – a move that other southern governors have adopted – saying it was a topic on which local officials should decide.
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