All eyes on Florida after smashing daily record for new coronavirus cases

Elias Hubbard
July 14, 2020

The overnight totals fall short of the record 15,300 cases the state hit on Sunday, but it's still a number that is worrying folks up and down the state.

Its figures eclipse the worst daily rates seen in NY in April.

Florida now has over 282,000 confirmed cases and 4,241 deaths.

Florida's record figure, the highest among all states reported since the start of the epidemic, would rank it fourth in the world after the US, Brazil and India, if it were a country.

As of Saturday, 7,186 people were hospitalized in Florida, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

California's governor ordered a retreat on Monday from the state's reopening as coronavirus cases soared and the state's two largest school districts, Los Angeles and San Diego, announced all learning will be online-only when classes resume in a few weeks.

It surpassed 10,000 new cases in one day for the first time earlier this month.

The U.N. health agency said the United States again topped the list among countries, with more than 66,000 cases. The others are expected to open on Wednesday.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called the state's rise in cases "a blip" and told residents not to be alarmed.

Now, despite the record-shattering numbers, the state is still attempting to return some sense of normalcy from before the pandemic.

"We're not going back, closing things", he told reporters. "I don't think that that's really what's driving it, people going to a business is not what's driving it".

Admiral Brett Giroir, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said it was "absolutely essential" to wear a mask in public after resistance in some USA states. He has instead left the decision up to local governments, many of which have enacted mask mandates of their own.

Jacksonville, which is set to host the Republican National Convention in August, implemented a face covering requirement late last month.

Deaths from the virus have also been rising in the United States, especially in the south and west, though still well below the highs recorded in April. Across Florida, 47 hospitals reported their intensive care units (ICUs) were completely full, including eight hospitals in the Miami-Dade County hot spot.

The grim news comes as the World Health Organization reported a record increase in global COVID-19 cases, with 230,370 more infections recorded in 24 hours.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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