A person leaves a COVID-19 testing center in Florida. (EFE Agency)
Miami – New daily cases of COVID-19 went from 738 to 3,266 in 24 hours according to data provided this Tuesday by the Florida Department of Health, which would indicate that Monday's low figure is not representative of the current incidence of the pandemic.
Daily deaths also rose sharply: from the five recorded on Monday to 106 on Tuesday.
With today's data, Florida has 14,313 deaths, with 170 non-residents included, and 704,568 cases of COVID-19 since March 1, the official date of the start of the pandemic in the state.
The numbers provided daily by the Florida Department of Health are based on COVID-19 test results that arrive the day before.
The 738 new cases, the lowest number registered in months, are probably due to the fact that laboratories process fewer tests on weekends.
Of the deaths tallied Tuesday, 15 occurred in Miami-Dade County, four in Broward and seven in Palm Beach. Those three are the counties hardest hit by the pandemic in Florida, which is the third state in the country with the most accumulated COVID-19 cases.
In addition, Miami-Dade is the second county in the United States with the most infections throughout the pandemic. Today it reached 170,086, with 620 more cases, and 3,243 deaths.
Face-to-face return to classrooms earlier than expected
This Tuesday at the last minute, the Miami-Dade Public Schools School Board voted in favor of beginning face-to-face classes on Monday, October 5 and not on the 14 of the same month as it had previously decided, Local 10 television picked up.
The Florida Government instructed the Miami-Dade School Board to open classrooms for in-person classes beginning Oct. 5, an order confirming that Governor Ron DeSantis has fully accelerated the state's reopening.
Richard Corcoran, Florida Commissioner of Education, sent instructions on opening classrooms in a letter addressed to Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto M. Carvalho and School Board President Perla Tabares Hantman.
“It is very frustrating for my community to see this back and forth, and I think we should have thought about it more thoroughly,” said Lubby Navarro, a member of the School Board of Miami-Dade, the fourth district of its kind, during today's assembly. largest in the country.
For his part, the mayor of the county, Carlos Giménez, clarified today in a press conference that both the night curfew and the social distancing measures, the use of mandatory masks in public places and the fines for not wearing them remain in phase 3 reopening.
Broward, the neighboring county, accumulates 77,122 cases and 1,384 deaths and Palm Beach, 46,485 and 1,350.
There are currently 2,426 people hospitalized in Florida for COVID-19 and since March 1 there have been more than 46,000.
Despite these figures, the state is in phase 3 of the reopening since last Friday by decision of the governor, who authorized the opening of all businesses with virtually no capacity limitations and eliminated the fines for not wearing masks, although he continues to recommend their use .
The measure was very well received by the sector of bars, restaurants and other businesses related to leisure, but criticized by doctors and some mayors who fear it could cause a rebound in the disease.
Images of crowded bars and restaurants in South Florida last weekend, which someone described in a newspaper as what happens to water “when a dam opens,” caused concern.
The governor announced Tuesday that Florida will receive 6.4 million rapid coronavirus tests from a purchase made by the federal government.
Senior centers and retirement communities, as well as schools, will have priority in delivering those tests.
“This is really going to contribute to our efforts to protect the most vulnerable and so that children can learn in school safely and not have to send healthy kids home unnecessarily,” said the governor.