Florida broke its previous record for the number of new coronavirus infections recorded per day, about two weeks after the state moved on to the second phase of its reopening plan.
Florida Department of Health reported 3,207 new cases on Thursday, marking the largest daily growth since early March. A previous entry occurred on Tuesday, with the announcement of 2782 new cases.
As of Thursday, more than 85,000 cases and at least 3,061 deaths have been reported in Florida. The recent surge in infections has raised concerns among some experts that the state could be the next major virus spread point.
“Florida has all the plans for the next major epicenter,” write scientists from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. blog post Wednesday. “The risk is the worst that has ever been in our predictions.”
Approximately 4 million people aged 65 and over live in Florida. This population is particularly vulnerable to the virus.
Florida was one of the first states to raise a tenure throughout the state. Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has allowed most states to reopen on May 4, violating federal regulations calling on states and cities to record a two-week downward trend in new cases of coronavirus before reopening. Florida did not meet the criteria at the time.
Almost two weeks ago, on June 5, Florida entered the second phase of its three-stage discovery plan. Bars and nightclubs can operate at 50%, and restaurants at 75%. Gyms, fitness centers, salons, hairdressers and other personal service enterprises can also work with a capacity of 75%.
Florida requires all travelers from Connecticut, New Jersey and New York – some states with the most confirmed cases – to isolate themselves for 14 days to curb the possible spread of the virus.
As three states continue to stabilize in at least 10 states — Alabama, Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, and Texas — record seven-day average new cases per day CNN reported Thursday.
Vice President Mike Pence, whom President Donald Trump appointed head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in February, claims the US is “winning the battle against the invisible enemy,” which is a pandemic.
“The truth is that whatever the media says, our all-American approach has been successful,” Pence writes in published on Tuesday by The Wall Street Journal,
There were more than 2 million registered cases of the virus in the USA, most of all countries in the world. At least 118,000 people across the country have died.
This article originally appeared on Huffpost,