Underscoring the worsening spread of the virus, Florida on Saturday morning reported 9,585 new infections in the last 24 hours, marking a record high for a second day, and 24 additional deaths from Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.
Twenty-four more people statewide died from COVID-19, bring the total death toll in Florida to 3,390 since the pandemic began, according to the Florida Department of Health.
More than half of the American states, especially in the South and the West of the country, are now experiencing an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus, while the situation continues to improve in the Northeast, which was the most affected region two months ago.
The previous statewide one-day high, set Thursday, was 5,508 new cases.
But while his critics seem to have tunnel vision on the number of new positive tests posted each day, the surge in cases remains heavily concentrated among young adults under 30 years old, while older, more vulnerable Floridians account for fewer cases.
The new figures appear just after the U.S., on Friday, recorded its largest daily case rely of the pandemic, whilst Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disorder specialist, reported the government's present technique for locating and isolating contaminated men and women was "not performing", partly due to sizeable asymptomatic distribute.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday that the state will pause its reopening strategy in a bid to stop the numbers.
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Instead of locking down, DeSantis says people just need to keep taking precautions to protect themselves, noting that COVID-19 is highly contagious and unsafe to many people.
With the skyrocketing number of new cases in Florida, an emphasis has once again been placed on the use of face coverings and social distancing. Both Abbott and DeSantis are Republican, the same party as President Donald Trump.
The announcement marked a major step back by Florida - which was an early state to re-open the economy - and an acknowledgement that infection figures had grown too worrisome to stand pat.
Earlier this 7 days New York, New Jersey and CT imposed a 14-working day mandatory quarantine on travellers from states with high infection costs like Texas and Florida, wherever some 13 per cent of those examined on Friday arrived again positive.
"COVID-19 is nearly becoming endemic in the community".
In a disclosure meant to highlight that risk, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a press release on Saturday saying he had ordered health officials to investigate an outbreak tied to a drive-in high school graduation ceremony in Chappaqua, New York.