[NFA] Florida's confirmed coronavirus cases rose by a record 11,458 on Saturday, the state's health department said, the second time in three days that its caseload increased by more than 10,000. Jillian Kitchener has more.
- Florida set a new record on Saturday, with confirmed coronavirus cases rising over 11,000. That's the second time in three days the state's caseload increased by more than 10,000, a number higher than any European country's daily peak at the height of the outbreak. Florida's surge came a day after seven other states also reported record rises in cases of COVID-19, alarming public health officials, who are urging caution this holiday weekend.
Beaches are closed across southern Florida, and the mayor of Miami-Dade County on Friday imposed an indefinite nightly curfew, as well as halted the reopening of entertainment venues like casinos. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has said his state has seen an increase in testing.
RON DESANTIS: But we have seen the positivity rate increase.
- According to a Reuters analysis, the percentage of tests coming back positive in Florida rose to nearly 15% in the past two weeks, compared to over 8% the two weeks prior.