Florida Set a One-Week Record of almost 500 Confirmed Coronavirus Deaths

Elias Hubbard
July 13, 2020

Sunday's numbers were the third straight day of more than 800 positive tests, as Virginia's number of cases have started to trend back upward, according to data from the Virginia Department of Health.

Any new confirmed cases from health departments throughout the state the rest of the day won't show up until at least the following day on the state list, as the official numbers are only updated once a day, with a 5 p.m. cutoff each day for new cases to be reflected on the next day's list.

Florida's previous record death toll was reported Thursday, with 120 among residents. Infections are increasing in 41 out of 50 states, according to a Reuters analysis of cases for the past two weeks compared with the prior two weeks.

The rise comes after the U.S. smashed through previous records for daily new cases. The latest confirmed infections add to the almost 3.2 million cases recorded nationwide since January.

Since March 1, when the first Florida infections were recorded, the state has reported 254,511 confirmed cases and 4,301 deaths.

Researchers expect deaths to rise in the U.S. for at least some weeks but some think the count probably will not go up as dramatically as it did in the spring because of several factors, including increased testing.

California, Texas and Florida have reimposed some restrictions on bars and indoor dining as cases surged in recent weeks, though governors have stopped short of ordering new stay-at-home orders introduced earlier in the pandemic.

Authorities have announced a week-long lockdown beginning on Tuesday in the key southern technology hub of Bangalore.

The surge in coronavirus cases is straining hospitals in Florida, Texas and Arizona, where ICU beds in some areas are reaching capacity.

South Africa has reported over 10,000 new daily cases for several days in a row, including 13,497 new infections announced Saturday night.

Meanwhile, in Taiwan, which kept its coronavirus outbreak to a few hundred cases, an annual film festival wrapped up with an awards ceremony this weekend where actors and others lined up for photo shoots with no social distancing, and participants didn't wear masks.

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