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    Florida hits new record for daily coronavirus cases, with more than 15,000 infections

    Florida hits new record for daily coronavirus cases, with more than 15,000 infections

    Ron DeSantisRon DeSantis

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis answers a question during a press briefing on the state’s status in the coronavirus crisis, at Orlando Health’s Orlando Regional Medical Center, Sunday, April 26, 2020.

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    Florida reported 15,299 new coronavirus infections on Sunday, smashing the historic daily record for new cases in the US. 

    The previous record was 12,487 infections in New York in April, according to Reuters. Florida’s Sunday tally is more than 20% higher than that previous all-time high. 

    The Sunshine State has nearly 270,000 total infections, making it the third-worst coronavirus outbreak among US states, trailing New York and California. 

    The record is another concerning signal of worsening outbreaks across a range of southern states, including Florida, South Carolina, Arizona, Texas, and Georgia. These states have suffered large spike in new cases since easing lockdown plans. 

    A top Trump administration health official said Sunday these hard-hit states must close bars, limit capacity on restaurants, and boost mask-wearing to 95% of the population. If they are unable to control the spread, some states may have to reverse reopening plans and start locking down again, Adm. Brett Giroir, the White House’s testing czar, said. 

    “Everything should be on the table,” Giroir said Sunday, when asked if certain areas of the country should consider more stringent lockdowns.

    Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron Desantis has been heavily criticized for his handling of the outbreak. In late-June, Desantis ordered bars to close again amid a surge in cases, but the state’s governor has resisted calls for a statewide requirement to wear masks.

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