COVID-19, Florida exceeds 200,000 cases and ignites hospital alarm
The state of Florida has exceeded 200,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and faces two critical weeks in hospitals, which may exceed its capacity if its spread cannot be stopped, especially in Miami-Dade, the epicenter of the contagion. Florida remains one of the new sources of contagion in the United States.
According to figures released by the state Department of Health, since March 1, 3,731 people have died from COVID-19 in Florida and 200,111 have been infected with the new coronavirus.
The rise in Miami-Dade County, the seventh in the country with the most cases, according to Johns Hopkins University, continues to exceed 2,000 cases daily, while deaths reached 1,043 in total.
Neighboring Broward County had its own record of daily cases, with 1,664 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 21,239 and 411 deaths, while that of Palm Beach reached 16,836 positive patients and 542 deaths.
These three southeastern counties decreed the closure of beaches this holiday weekend to try to stem the spread of COVID-19, which has been record-breaking in record-breaking daily cases in Florida.
Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsell-Powell made a new call this weekend to Governor Ron DeSantis to order the mandatory use of the mask, criticized that both President Donald Trump and DeSantis, political allies, have demotivated the use of the mask and offered contradictory messages with their behavior.