Almost 9,600 new COVID-19 cases reported by FDOH Saturday

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Florida Reports 9,000 New Coronavirus Cases In Biggest Daily Surge

In response to a massive spike in COVID-19 cases, while bars and nightclubs continued to flout social distancing requirements, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday banning drinking alcohol at bars, statewide.

The new record for positive tests comes as several states at the center of a new surge in infections took steps back from efforts to ease restrictions on businesses.

That number was a leap from the state's previous record of 5,511 new daily cases, reached on June 24.

Abbot's announcement stunned Texas bar owners who said the governor, a Republican in his second term, had given them little notice.

Texas and Florida closed bars and reimposed other curbs on Friday as the number of infections in the US hit a single-day record with increases in 16 States, mostly in the south and west.

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Speaking at a press conference yesterday, he said: "We've advised that's something that could make an impact".

Martin County shows how the virus is spreading in parts of the state that had escaped widespread infection.

His Texan counterpart, also faced with a worrying increase in the number of cases in his state, also ordered the closure of bars and reduced the capacity of of restaurants in 50 % against 75 % since 12 June.

Texas had been at the forefront of states peeling away restrictions created to control the pandemic. Bars in the Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties haven't been allowed to reopen since mid-March.

There are now more than 132,000 reported cases of the coronavirus in the Sunshine State, with 3,390 deaths. The state has also seen record numbers of hospitalizations in the last two weeks.

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Of the new cases, two of the people are in their 50s, one is in their 40s, one is in their 30s and one is a child under 10. In front are Polk with 5,682; Woodbury, 3,095; Black Hawk, 1,941; Buena Vista, 1,678; Linn, 1,136; and Dallas with 1,097.

That is almost 30 percent of the state's total tally, said the report. Those areas are seeing a high number of COVID-19 cases.

"I think we are seeing an increase in the use of our health care system", she said.

In keeping with the state and nationwide trend toward younger people testing positive, the median age of Florida patients is 34.

More information on a case-by-case basis can also be found here.

On Friday, as the United States recorded its largest daily case count of the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, said the government's current strategy for finding and isolating infected people was "not working", partly due to significant asymptomatic spread.

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