Florida sees coronavirus cases spike to new daily record

As COVID cases surge Miami Dade changes course and requires masks outside at all times

Florida on Saturday recorded 11,445 new cases of coronavirus and two deaths as President Donald Trump said "We are getting close to fighting our way out of it" as he addressed the nation on America's 244th Independence Day.

The new record came a day after seven other states also reported record rises in cases of COVID-19, the condition caused by the coronavirus which has killed not exactly 130,000 Americans.

The state experienced 10,109 new cases of the virus for the day, surpassing the previous record of 9,585 set Saturday five days earlier.

More than 15,000 people have been hospitalized in the state with COVID-19 and 3,803 people have died.

Florida's Department of Health reported that 16.58 percent of those who tested for the virus received a positive result. Many state and federal government officials are crowing over the decrease in deaths - even as the number of coronavirus cases increases. however, Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams has warned that fatalities lag new cases and a clearer picture might not emerge for two weeks or more.

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In Texas, meanwhile, the number of new cases rose by a record 8,258 on Saturday. The death toll in Manatee County stayed at 131.

In Manatee, 2,813 new test results were reported, with a positivity rate of 10.2 percent.

The World Health Organization considers positivity rates above 5% to be concerning, and widely watched data from Johns Hopkins University shows at least 18 states with average rates over the past two weeks exceeding that level and climbing.

Against that backdrop, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez imposed an indefinite nightly curfew starting Friday and halted the reopenings of entertainment venues such as casinos and strip clubs.

Arkansas on Friday joined a push toward mandating mask-wearing in public, with Governor Asa Hutchinson authorized the state's cities and towns to enact a "model ordinance" requiring the wearing of face coverings if they choose to do so.

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