Miami, Jun 29 (EFE) .- Florida registered 5,266 new cases of infection with the new coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a much lower number than in the last three days, which could be explained by the lower testing, but the Miami-Dade County and notified another 1,500 new contagions.
The number of people infected since March 1 has increased to 146,361, of which 3,447 have died from the virus to date, 28 more than yesterday, according to the Florida Department of Health.
For the first time in the past three days, the number of daily infections did not exceed 8,500, although only 41,626 tests were performed on Sunday. On Saturday, there were 72,195.
In Miami-Dade, the main focus of covid-19, the infection count grew this Monday, with a record of 1,508 contagion. There are already 35,222 across the county, with 975 victims of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Of the 28 deaths recorded in Florida from the disease in the past 24 hours, 22 were in Miami-Dade, which is getting further and further away from other Florida counties as the pandemic escalated.
In Broward, the second most affected county, cases stand at 15,045, with 425 in the last 24 hours, but there were no deaths in the period, keeping the number of victims at 382. Palm Beach has 13,711 contagions, 322 of them yesterday. to today, and 503 deaths
Since March 1, coronavirus hospitalizations have totaled 14,354, with 218 registered in the last 24 hours, according to Health Department figures. The state is in Phase 2 of the three stages of Governor Ron’s quarantine plan DeSantis, which started in May.
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Despite the evident increase in contagion, especially in Miami-Dade, DeSantis maintains that the reopening should go ahead and believes that making masks mandatory in public places at the state level would not serve to stop the virus.
Miami-Dade and other counties took such measures, including a ban on access to beaches to celebrate July 4, United States Independence Day, to avoid crowds.
From next Friday until the 7th, the beaches of Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach will be closed. Many cities have suspended traditional fireworks display.
Palm Beach Mayor David Kerner told the press on Monday that he made the decision because he is concerned about people who might move from Broward and Miami-Dade if the beaches were kept open.
The same measure was determined by Broward County Mayor Dale Holness. He warned that those who do not comply with the ban will face criminal and civil charges.
For state officials, the increase in the number of cases in the past week is due to community contact among young people, especially in bars, many of which reopened on June 5, after three months.
The Secretary of the Department of Labor and Workforce Regulation, Halsey Beshears, last Friday issued an order prohibiting alcohol consumption in these spaces, a rule that does not affect restaurants or other businesses where less than 50% of its profits come from selling of alcohol. EFE
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