The news is out: [(Reuters) – Florida reported a record increase of more than 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day on Sunday as the growing outbreak forces state authorities to close some businesses and beaches.
The total of 15,299 cases in the hard-hit southeastern state was up sharply, 47 percent above the previous day’s total, the Florida state health department reported.
The state also recorded a one-day toll of 45 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
Over five days, Florida has tallied 55,842 new cases.
The previous one-day record for new cases had been held by California, with 11,694 cases registered on Wednesday, and before that by New York, with 11,571 cases reported on April 14.
Florida’s Republican governor, Ron DeSantis, moved quickly to begin unwinding the state’s lockdown starting May 4, before most other states.
If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases a day behind the United States, Brazil and India.
Its daily increases have already surpassed the highest daily tally reported by any European country during the height of the pandemic there. Florida has also broken New York State’s record of 12,847 new cases on April 10 when it was the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak.]
All governors who refuse to protect the people should be indicted on dereliction of duty and medical crimes against humanity.