Florida, USA, is the world epicenter of Covid-19
Washington, Jul 9 (Prensa Latina) Florida is emerging as the global epicenter of the latest wave of the coronavirus, U.S. media reported Thursday.
The Hill digital newspaper says this raises questions about the safety of the major events that moved into the state, even though state Governor Ron DeSantis (R) previously declared victory at a time when the pandemic was centered in much of the Northeast in April and May.
Florida was one of the last to impose the order to stay home, and one of the first to reopen. DeSantis won praise from President Donald Trump for his response to the pandemic and attacked the media for its fears after the state reopened its beaches, the publication said.
Encouraged by the low infection rates and encouraged by the White House, the first phase of the state's reopening included restaurants, gyms, barber shops and large, low-capacity sporting events.
On Wednesday, Florida reported nearly 10,000 new cases. There are nearly 220,500 positive cases statewide, and the testing rate has been above 14 percent for more than a week.
According to The Hill, hospitals across the state are running out of beds in intensive care units, although state officials say there is still plenty of capacity and that hospitals have the potential to add emergency beds. Official data indicate that hospitals have less than 15 percent available ICU capacity. Statewide, 42 hospitals have no ICU beds available, although that number is lower than the 56 hospitals reported Tuesday.
In this respect, the newspaper states, DeSantis refuses to divulge the details of daily hospitalisations, despite a commitment to do so. Florida is one of the only states that does not publicly disclose this information.
The Republican governor consistently downplays the extent of the outbreak, noting that many of the newly infected are younger people who are generally healthier. He also attributes the extremely high number of cases to increased testing.
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