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  • Waitress and consumers at an outdoor venue, Florida, U.S., June 6, 2020.

    Waitress and consumers at an outdoor venue, Florida, U.S., June 6, 2020. | Photo: EFE

Published 6 June 2020
Opinion

The pandemic has hit counties whose economy depends essentially on tourism hard.

Over the last 24 hours, Florida recorded 1,270 COVID-19 cases, which marks a setback in a state going through the second stage of a three-step plan to resume its economic activities.

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On Friday, Florida once again surpassed a thousand infections a day just as 64 of its 67 counties began the second phase of opening in which cinemas, bars, and bowling alleys could operate with fewer restrictions.

So far, Florida has recognized 2,688 coronavirus deaths, 1,382 of which occurred in nursing homes.

The greatest damages caused by the pandemic have occurred in Miami-Dade County with 19,104 COVID-19 cases and 765 deaths; Broward County, with 7,517 cases and 333 deaths; and Palm Beach County, with 6,965 cases and 370 deaths.

As of Saturday morning, Florida had conducted 1,175,106 COVID-19 tests, the 5.3 percent of which tested positive. Statewide, 10,891 have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.

On May 4, the first phase of the economic recovery allowed the opening of non-essential businesses such as restaurants, retail stores, museums, gyms, and libraries.

However, Governor Ron DeSantis' administration kept physical distancing measures and ordered businesses to operate with reduced capacity.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit counties whose economy depends essentially on tourism hard. To date, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has received nearly 2.2 million requests for help from unemployed people.

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