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Florida Sets Record with Over 15,000 Coronavirus Cases in a Single Day

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As of 11 a.m., Sunday, the Florida Department of Health has reported 269,811 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 15,299 from Saturday's update. State health officials reported 8,196 new cases Sunday, another 80 deaths and a total of 10,410 people hospitalized because of the virus.

The World Health Organization, meanwhile, reported another record increase in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases over a 24-hour period, at over 230,000.

The U.S. has seen 3.2 million coronavirus cases with 135,000 deaths.

After its initial shutdown, Florida began reopening its reopening phases on May 4 with restaurants and certain businesses, and beaches and hotels began reopening on June 1. "And you could reach the apex in the next two or three weeks", he said.

Despite that somewhat encouraging shift, the USA remains the worst-hit country in the world, with more than 3.3 million coronavirus cases and more than 135,000 deaths.

The state's daily new cases have also passed the highest recorded daily rate of any European country at the peak of their curve.

South Africa has reported over 10,000 new daily cases for several days in a row, including 13,497 new infections announced Saturday night.

Its figures eclipse the worst daily rates seen in NY in April.

The small shipment was enough to treat 280 patients and act as a stopgap for Florida on Saturday, while the state was awaiting the delivery of remdesivir from the federal government.

The caseload in Florida continued to rise despite Republican Governor Ron DeSantis ordering some bars to close again last month.

'Patients suffer and you just feel awful'.

And last week, the state Department of Education ordered schools to reopen for in-person instruction in August.

Deaths from the virus have also been rising in the United States, especially in the south and west, though still well below the highs recorded in April.

Florida's test positivity rate is a whopping 19.60%, Johns Hopkins said.

The rising U.S. numbers could just be the tip of the iceberg, as experts have often highlighted infections could be around 10 times higher than what is reported, as many go untraced.

Florida is now testing several times more people for coronavirus each day than NY was at the height of its crisis. It rises up in the other states and then is going to come back here from the other states.

Estimates of lag times vary, but many experts have warned that mid-July could bring a rise in fatalities.

"We see worrisome signs about an increase in the number of cases in the neighboring countries, Europe and the whole world", said Gergely Gulyas, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's chief of staff.

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