Florida breaks the record for covid-19 cases on the last day of the year

Miami, Dec 31 (EFE) .- The state of Florida, one of the most affected by the covid-19 pandemic in the United States, announced this Thursday that on the last day of the year the record of positive coronavirus was broken one week after the celebration of Christmas family reunions.

The Health Department reported 17,192 new cases of coronavirus, far exceeding the 15,300 cases reported on July 12, when the state was in the worst of the first wave of the pandemic, as well as 127 new deaths due to the disease.

These figures bring the total number of cases and deaths in the state to 1,323,315 and 21,990, respectively.

But today’s data is not something isolated, but the average number of cases announced per day is around 12,700 in the last week.

This new wave of covid-19 comes after Florida went through a terrible summer, breaking national records when it registered more than 15,000 cases in one day.

Since then, only California and Texas, the two most populous states in the country and those that have been most affected in global calculations by the pandemic in the United States, have reported figures above 15,000 in a single day.

The positivity rate of the nearly 166,000 tests carried out this Wednesday in the state was 11.57%, at a time when only 22% of hospital beds and 18% of those in intensive care units were available.

Again the focus in Florida falls on Miami-Dade County, with 2,973 new cases in the last hours, while its neighbor to the north, Broward County, added 1,572.

Thus, South Florida, where 29% of Floridians live, represents 39.2% of cases with a total of 519,373 positives.

And the panorama at the national level is not much better, because this week a record number of deaths was registered daily, with 3,740 this Wednesday, 15 more than those registered the previous day, according to independent data from Johns Hopkins University.

These figures confirm the fears of the country’s health authorities, who asked the population to avoid the meetings of more than one family group during these December holidays to prevent the coronavirus from spreading even more after the wave of cases that followed. to the celebration of Thanksgiving and from which they had not yet recovered.

The long-term hope is in vaccines, and as of this Thursday more than 211,165 people had received them in Florida, 35,700 more than the day before. EFE

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