Florida to close bars after shattering record of new Covid-19 cases

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According to The Hill 

Florida is shutting down bars in an effort to slow the spread of corona virus, after the state reported a single-day record of new infections.

The announcement did not come from the office of Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), but from Halsey Beshears, the secretary of the agency that regulates Florida bars, who made the announcement via tweet.

Beshears said that on-premise alcohol consumption will stop immediately, effectively moving the state back to an earlier phase of reopening.

Florida shattered its single-day record of new corona virus cases reported on Friday, adding an additional 8,942 confirmed infections, according to the Department of Health.

The state broke the previous record of 5,508, which was just set two days ago. Florida now has 122,960 corona virus cases across the state. There have been 3,366 total deaths.

Florida set a record of 71,433 tests conducted on Thursday, and the positive rate was 13.05 percent. The positive rate is the ratio of positive cases to the number of tests conducted.

The positive rate of all tests – including people who have been tested on multiple days – was 14.74 percent.

Florida is now the second state to reimpose restrictions, after Texas announced just a few hours earlier that it would close bars.

The move comes just days after Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) said he would not move backwards to impose more restrictions to stem the spread of the disease.


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