Southern states report record coronavirus surges

Elias Hubbard
June 29, 2020

Florida reported a total of 132,545 Covid-19 cases on Saturday, up 7.8% from a day earlier, compared with an average increase of 4.6% in the previous seven days. The White House said its focusing its attention on 16 states where cases are rising.

With Friday's tally, Florida now has reported almost 123,000 coronavirus case, with more than 32,000 of them confirmed in just the last seven days. Nevada disclosed 1,099 new cases, double its previous high.

Florida once again broke its single-day record of new coronavirus cases on Saturday morning.

The state set its daily record for new cases with 8,942 confirmed on Friday.

But the governor of Texas, the nation's second most populous state, "paused" his state's phased reopening plan and ordered further restrictions on businesses including bars. The county will also restrict any gatherings, parades of more than 50 people and the viewing of the fireworks show will be limited.

Yet despite skyrocketing case numbers, both Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis have refused to issue statewide mandates on mask-wearing, opting instead to leave that decision to local municipalities.

Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Tennessee and Utah all reported record daily cases, according to their state's health departments.

At a briefing on Friday, DeSantis blamed the spike in infections on young people interacting more in the last few weeks, adding that they faced lower risk of dying than older people. Eastern Time on Friday afternoon, 2.4 million Americans overall have contracted the disease, and 124,509 have died, according to figures compiled by Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center.

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