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Florida Hits Single Day Record for COVID-19 Cases


By Bryan Lynn
13 July 2020

As the United States continues to struggle with COVID-19, Florida broke a U.S. record for the largest number of new cases in a single day.

State officials reported more than 15,000 new infections on Sunday. That number broke New York's record of more than 12,000 cases in one day, set in April.

Florida, however, is reporting far fewer deaths than New York did during the height of its crisis.

COVID-19 deaths have been rising in the U.S., especially in the South and West. But the levels are still well below numbers recorded in April.

Florida experienced a record-breaking week last week, with 514 reported deaths. That is an average of 73 deaths a day. Three weeks ago, the state averaged 30 deaths a day.

Dr. Cindy Prins is a disease expert at the University of Florida. She told The Associated Press, "I really do think we could control this, and it's the human element that is so critical."

She added, "It should be an effort of our country. We should be pulling together when we're in a crisis, and we're definitely not doing it."

The record number of daily cases was reported one day after Florida's popular theme park Walt Disney World reopened.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered bars to close in an effort to slow the virus spread. But he has so far resisted calls for a statewide rule for people to wear face coverings in public. People have resisted face covering rules in other U.S. states, too.

On Sunday, U.S. Health and Human Services Department official Brett Giroir said he thinks public face coverings are "essential" to help slow the virus. Giroir, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, told ABC television, "if we don't have that, we will not get control of the virus."

President Donald Trump, a Republican, wore a face mask in public for the first time on Saturday. The Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said Trump's action showed he might have "crossed a bridge."

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