Florida smashes coronavirus case record, but it's not all bad news

Elias Hubbard
July 13, 2020

Florida has registered a state record of 15,299 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours - around a quarter of all of the United States' daily infections. Florida has also broken New York State's record of 12 847 new cases on April 10 when it was the epicentre of the U.S. outbreak.

The US overall has also reported record-breaking daily numbers of new infections in recent days, confirming more than 60,000 on four of the last five days.

The state, with just 7% of the USA population, surpassed the previous daily record held by California.

Florida isn't the only U.S. state to see a rise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, with infections rising in about 40 percent of states, according to Reuters - who analysed cases over the past two weeks and compared it with the prior two weeks.

Stock futures opened higher Sunday evening as investors mostly shrugged off a relentless climb in coronavirus cases in some regions in the United States, and looked ahead to the start of corporate earnings season.

South Africa is experiencing a surge as well, with over 10,000 new cases being reported for several days in a row.

Deaths from the virus have also been rising in the USA, especially in the South and West, though still well below the heights hit in April, according to a recent Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

Despite the ongoing uptick in cases, many entities are continuing or resuming operations.

Two of the parks reopened on Saturday, with guests being subject to a series of safety measures, such as temperature tests and wearing masks. The others are expected to open on Wednesday.

And last week, the state Department of Education ordered schools to reopen for in-person instruction in August.

On Saturday, it recorded 539 additional fatalities to bring its coronavirus toll to 34,730, with 295,268 confirmed cases. He emphasized the importance of protecting vulnerable populations but stopped short of asking people to stay home.

"I really do think we could control this, and it's the human element that is so critical". "We have a situation where you got a lot of beds available".

The country is also reinstating a night curfew to reduce traffic accidents and has made it mandatory for all residents to wear face masks in public. He has instead left the decision up to local governments, many of which have enacted mask mandates of their own.

Some local officials have also rolled back certain reopenings in an effort to slow the spread of the virus, especially in hard-hit South Florida.

India, which has the most COVID-19 cases after the United States and Brazil. reported a record surge of 28,637 cases over the past 24 hours.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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