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Concerns abound in America today, as the coronavirus crisis’ latest surge has some wondering if the “third” and “fourth” waves we were talking about back in the tail end of 2020 were actually still part of the first wave.
That’s because now, after 17-plus months of abject annoyance, the COVID-19 pandemic is back in nearly-full-swing.
In fact, down in The Sunshine State, the delta variant is pushing the pandemic to new single-day records.
Florida on Saturday reported 21,683 new coronavirus cases, its highest one-day tally since the pandemic started – and a 50% jump over the last week, according to health officials.
Cases have ticked up around the country as businesses open up and the delta variant spreads but Florida accounts for around one-fifth of all cases in the U.S.
Florida’s previous single-day record had been the 19,334 cases reported Jan. 7 this year before vaccines were widely available. Around 60% of Floridians age 12 and older are vaccinated, ranking it about midway among the states.
The state’s governor was adamant about his method for tackling the virus, however.
Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements and on Friday he barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month.
“A lot of these kids suffered under wearing these masks,” DeSantis said Saturday on Fox News’ “Unfiltered with Dan Bongino.” “There’s a lot of harms that come with it and I think we’re basically empowering the parents to be able to recognize what’s best for their kids and I think in most instances what’s best for the kids from the parents’ perspective is going to be going to school mask-free.”
Further fueling this coronavirus resurgence has been Florida’s still thriving tourism industry, which brings Americans from all corners of the country to the Sunshine State’s attractions.
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