More than 21,000 coronavirus infections in a single day and 110,000 in a week: at the end of July, the US state of Florida beat all records of cases that had since the start of the pandemic, and now became the epicenter of the outbreak in United States.
Nationwide, Florida now registers one in five Covid-19 infections.
Currently, that state only publicly reports cases and deaths once a week and last Friday was when it reported 21,683 new infections of coronavirus.
On Saturday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicated that it was the highest total of a day in the state since the beginning of the pandemic, and that in the previous seven days they added 110,477 cases. Across the country, the weekly cases were almost 545.000, according to Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg.
The previous peak in Florida had been on January 7, when the state reported 19,334 cases, according to the CDC, before there was widespread access to coronavirus vaccines.
In Florida, the positives rate is nowl 18,1%, more than double the national average of 7.8%. The state also currently has the highest number of daily hospital admissions of the entire pandemic, according to the CDC. New revenue was up more than 50% from the previous week, he said.
For now, Governor Ron DeSantis, considered a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2024, wants to keep the state free of most of the restrictions that had been applied to contain the spread of the virus, including the indication of the use of chinstrap.
“I just want to say that in Florida there will be no closings, there will be no school closings “, he told his supporters on Friday. “Floridians have been, are, and will continue to be free to choose what is best for themselves and their families.”
While some companies reimposed their own chinstrap policies. Like the Walt Disney Co., the largest theme park operator in the world, which once again requires its use in all the indoor facilities of its parks in Florida, as well as in California, after being withdrawn for vaccinated hosts in early summer as inoculations increased nationwide.
Ford Motor Co. also reinstated face covering requirements for some workers at facilities including those in the Sunshine State.
In early July, Florida asked the US Supreme Court to release the cruise industry from the “set of preconditions” imposed by the CDC before ships could resume sailing, claiming that the regulations already They had cost the state tens of millions of dollars in port revenue and other costs.