(Cape Canaveral) In the midst of a new wave, Florida broke the number of COVID-19 cases in a single day, according to data released by U.S. federal officials on Saturday.
They reported 21,683 new cases for that state alone.
Florida has become the new epicenter of the epidemic in the United States. One in five new cases has been reported there.
Governor Ron Desantis and the state legislature have refused to impose mandatory face shields on people. They also control what action local authorities can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For example, Mr. Desantis on Friday banned school boards from forcing their students to wear a helmet when they go to school next month.
The data was published on the US Disease Control and Prevention website. They demonstrate the speed at which the disease spreads in this condition. The previous day, 17,334 new cases had been reported.
The number of hospital admissions is approaching the peak reached during last year’s wave. Surgery to release beds for new patients will be postponed.
The previous record, set on Jan. 7, was 19,334 new cases.
Evidence that the situation there is deteriorating: Universal Orlando Resort and Sea Walt theme parks are asking visitors to wear face shields indoors. Universal ordered its employees to wear a suit and respect body distance.
“The health and safety of all our visitors and employees is our top priority,” Universal said in a statement.