Florida close to a million cases and the governor continues without imposing restrictions

Florida added 6,659 new cases of the coronavirus this Monday SARS-CoV-2, a number that places it close to the accumulated million barrier, but its governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, insists that he will not establish restrictions, quarantines nor the use of mask Mandatory throughout the state, he said at a press conference.

“It is totally off the table,” DeSantis said today at a press conference from Kissimmee, a city in the center of the state and where he reiterated that despite the increase in cases that have been registered in recent weeks, his office will not impose closures of businesses or schools, or fines for violating ordinances to prevent the spread of the virus.

He even questioned the effectiveness of the shutdown of the economy and mandatory quarantines, and it was asked if such measures had worked in states where recent outbreaks of covid-19 have also been registered, including Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan or New Jersey.

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Why do these states “have to close two or three times if the closures are so effective?” DeSantis asked with the Commissioner of Education in a conference in which they announced that Florida will maintain the modality for the rest of the school year. face-to-face and also virtual teaching for 35% of students who have opted for this format.

Florida, about to reach one million infections by Covid-19

The state Department of Health reported this Monday a total of 999,319 cases of coronavirus accumulated since March in Florida, the third in number of cases behind Texas and California, and 18,834 deaths, after 98 new deaths in the last 24 hours, one of them corresponding to a non-resident (237 since March).

Hospitalizations total 54,864 since the start of the pandemic in this state, while the positivity rate of the 77,428 tests done in the last 24 hours was 8.4%, although in Miami-Dade the positive rate reached 9.8%.

Considered the epicenter of the pandemic in Florida, this county accumulates 229,618 confirmed cases and 3,835 deaths.

United States This Monday, it exceeded 267,600 deaths from covid-19 and has already exceeded 13.4 million infected, according to the independent count from Johns Hopkins University.