Florida surges past 100,000 coronavirus cases
Florida surpassed 100,000 coronavirus cases Monday — as new infections continue to surge in the state.
Health officials announced 2,926 new infections, bringing the total to 100,217 confirmed cases in the state, the Miami Herald reported.
The bleak milestone comes with bars, gyms and movie theaters reopened at partial capacity in all but three South Florida counties, according to the report.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez blamed the city’s recent spike in cases on the lack of social distancing at recently reopened restaurants.
“When we started opening up our restaurants, unfortunately I think society started to think that we were signaling the all clear,” Suarez said at a press conference Sunday, according to news station WPLG.
Gov. Ron DeSantis, meanwhile, has suggested that younger people might be driving the spread.
“I think that we’ve started to see some erosion on social distancing from probably some of the younger population,” DeSantis said, according to NBC6.
Despite the rise in new infections, DeSantis said last week he will not walk back any of the reopening measures, the Herald reported.
“We’re not rolling back,” DeSantis said during a Tuesday news conference.
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