Miami, Aug 2 (EFE) .- The state of Florida (USA) recorded 7,104 new cases of COVID-19 this Sunday and 62 deaths from the disease in the last 24 hours, totaling 487,132 and 7,084, respectively, a significant drop. with respect to the same day of the previous week.
Death figures do not count 122 people from outside Florida who died there, the state Department of Health reported.
Compared to the previous Sunday, Florida, the second most affected state by the pandemic in the United States after California, significantly decreased the daily case count by 2,240.
Just a week ago, 9,344 new cases were counted in 24 hours in the “Sunshine State”, which has 21 million inhabitants.
There are currently 27,150 residents hospitalized due to the pandemic and the state has 15,554 beds available from the total of 43,881, which means 26.17% availability.
But as the count continues to rise since March 1, when the first case was released, data from the Florida Department of Health indicate that 13.07% of the 3.7 million coronavirus tests that have been performed up to Today they have tested positive.
A week ago this figure was at 12.5%.
By counties, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach continue to be the most affected and among the three, located in the southeast, 213,175 cases of contagion (43.7% of Florida’s total) and 3,247 deaths (45.8) were recorded today % of the total), not counting non-residents.
Florida, which left July as the worst month in terms of coronavirus cases and infections, is facing the arrival of a tropical storm, Isaías, that could impact the eastern coast of the state, declared in emergency by that reason.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that President Trump approved an emergency declaration for several counties in the eastern part of the state before the arrival of the storm, which only a day ago was classified as a category 1 hurricane.
The emergency declaration involves mobilizing federal assistance to support the response of local authorities.
The United States continues to face the ravages of COVID-19 as the country with the most virus-infected in the world,
The country kicks off August with worrying figures on the progression of the disease, which during the past month alone was contracted by 1.87 million people and caused some 25,000 deaths.
According to the most recent independent count by Johns Hopkins University, the United States records 4.57 million COVID-19 cases (25.9% of the world total) and 153,642 deaths.
(c) EFE Agency