COVID-19 in Florida: 3,987 new cases and 29 more dead

Susannah Bryan, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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The U.S. has more confirmed cases and deaths than any other country in the world. As of Sunday, more than 29.7 million Americans have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 541,900 people have died across the U.S., as reported by Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. accounts for roughly one of every four cases reported worldwide and one of every five deaths.

Worldwide, more than 122.9 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 2.7 million people have died while battling the coronavirus.

Brazil has reported the second most cases, with more than 11.9 million, followed by India with 11.59 million. Brazil has reported more deaths, with a tally of 292,752 compared to 197,827 in Mexico and 159,755 in India.

In Florida, the seven-day average for new cases has been declining since Jan. 8.

Take a deeper look at Florida’s updated coronavirus numbers.

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Testing and positivity

Public health experts say the virus is considered under control when the COVID-19 test positivity rate is under 5%. But since Oct. 29, Florida has exceeded 5% in its widely publicized calculation for assessing the rate for testing of residents.



Hospitalizations hit a peak in late July of about 9,500 patients statewide, then dipped as low as 2,011 on Oct. 19. The numbers steadily increased throughout November and December.

Explore the map of current hospital capacity across Florida.


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