Florida bans alcohol consumption like coronavirus spikes

Florida bans alcohol consumption like coronavirus spikes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Florida banned alcohol consumption in its bars Friday after the daily confirmed number of coronavirus cases reached nearly 9,000, a new record almost double the previous figure just two days ago.

The Florida agency managing the bars announced the ban on Twitter just minutes after the Department of Health reported 8,942 new confirmed cases, exceeding the previous record of 5,500 on Wednesday.

State officials have attributed much of the new outbreak to young adults who flocked to bars after reopening in most of the state about a month ago, and many of them ignored social distance restrictions aimed at spreading the virus to decrease.

More than 24,000 new cases have been reported since Saturday, more than a fifth of the 111,724 cases confirmed since March 1. The department had not updated the death rate, which was still 3,327.

The seven-day average for positive tests declined slightly to 13.4%, down 1 percentage point from Thursday, but still triple 3.8% on June 1.

Florida’s record week for newly confirmed coronavirus cases got even worse: nearly 9,000 reported Friday, nearly double the figure just set and five times more than the state record set two weeks ago.

More than 24,000 cases have been reported since Saturday, more than a fifth of the 111,724 cases confirmed since March 1. The department had not updated the total number of deaths, which still stood at 3,327.

The seven-day average for positive tests declined slightly to 13.4%, down 1 percentage point from Thursday, but still triple 3.8% on June 1. The seven-day average for hospital admissions is also creeping up, reaching 172 on Thursday, about 70% higher than on June 1.

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