(Reuters) – Florida’s confirmed coronavirus cases rose a record 11,458 on Saturday, the state’s health ministry said. For the second time in three days, the number of cases increased by more than 10,000.
The new record came a day after seven other states also reported record increases in COVID-19, the coronavirus-related disease that killed nearly 130,000 Americans.
The recent surge, which is most pronounced in the southern and western states, has alarmed public health officials, who cautioned against the July 1776 celebration of the United States Declaration of Independence before a holiday weekend on July 4.
Florida’s record increase in cases was more than the daily high point of a European country at the peak of the outbreak.
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alaska, Missouri, Idaho and Alabama posted new daily highs on Friday, while Texas reached a new high for hospitalization.
The daily US case count was 53,483 late Friday, down from the previous day̵
Despite the increase in infections, the average daily death toll in the United States has gradually decreased over the past few weeks. This reflects the growing proportion of positive tests among younger, healthier people who are less prone to serious consequences.
The increase in tests is not only due to advanced tests. The percentage of tests positive in Florida rose to 14.8% in the last two weeks, from 8.3% in the two weeks before. This emerges from a Reuters analysis. The World Health Organization says a rate above 5% is affected.
Against this backdrop, the Mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Gimenez, imposed a permanent curfew starting Friday and stopped the reopening of entertainment venues such as casinos and strip clubs. Earlier this week, Miami-Dade and neighboring Broward County, the state’s two most populous districts, were required to wear face covers in public.
Reporting by Christine Chan; Edited by Daniel Wallis