Florida had its worst day of the COVID-19 pandemic, reporting 156 deaths on Thursday, a record that confirms that the sunshine state has become the current epicenter of the epidemic in the United States.
The deaths follow the exponential increase in contaminations observed since the beginning of June, given the time between infection, hospitalization and death. The Florida Department of Health says the 156 people have died in the past few days or weeks, but the deaths have only been confirmed in the past 24 hours.
The previous record for the death toll was set on Tuesday.
14,000 new cases were also reported on Thursday, almost a record. The number of hospitalizations increased by almost 500 patients in 24 hours.
Florida is the US state that detects the most new cases every day, ahead of California and Texas, whose daily reports are around 10,000 cases. More than 315,000 Florida residents have been infected to date.
Governor Ron DeSantis almost closed the bars at the end of June, but did not order a new confinement and, unlike his counterparts in Texas and California, has refused to ” order the wearing of a mask in confined spaces.
President Donald Trump will be invested in Florida by the Republican Party for the presidential election on November 3 in Florida.
The governor also asked Florida schools to reopen fully in August, even in the most active epidemic outbreaks, a decision opposed by many local education officials.