bdmetronews Desk ॥ The state surpassed its previous daily record of 2,783 cases as it emerges as an alarming hot spot for new COVID-19 infections.
Florida added another 3,207 coronavirus cases Thursday, shattering the previous daily record as the state emerges as an alarming hot spot among places grappling with a resurgence of the disease.
Thursday’s new record topped the 2,783 cases reported just two days earlier by the Florida Department of Health, which had been the third record-setting total in less than a week.
There have been 85,926 coronavirus cases reported in Florida since the outbreak began and 3,061 deaths. The state reported 43 additional COVID-19 deaths Thursday.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said after Tuesday’s record high that he had no plans to pull-back on reopening efforts that he launched in May and since expanded.
“We’re not shutting down, we are going to go forward, we are going to continue to protect the most vulnerable,” DeSantis said Tuesday, adding, “the negative effects” of shutting down again would be much worse than “any gains you’re getting.”
The Republican governor has attributed the rise in cases to the state’s expanded testing, along with clustered outbreaks involving farmworkers and at nursing homes, where residents and staff have been undergoing increased testing.