Covid-19

Fourth Of July Caused People To Flock To Beaches Despite Outbreak

As per a new update, Florida recently surpassed 200,000 cases of COVID-19 following the Fourth of July holiday, where the state recorded the highest number of cases reported in a single day.

Florida Surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 Cases, Per Update

It seems like the coronavirus is gearing to go all out again since a new update revealed that in the last four days, the Florida Department of Health reported more than 40,000 cases. In fact, last Saturday, the state reported some 11,458 cases, beating the previous record set on Thursday as the most cases reported in a single day.

As such, the Sunshine State now managed to surpass 200,000 cases of COVID-19 following the Fourth of July holiday celebration.

"It's clear that the growth is exponential at this point. We've been breaking record after record after record the last couple of weeks. Our county closed down the beaches for the July Fourth weekend, in the hopes that all these rules will have an impact, a positive impact," Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said in a recent interview.

"This is just the positives. It’s going to get much worse," Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber said.

The continued and sudden spike in cases came as the result of millions of Americans celebrating a very different Independence Day weekend even though a lot of them already canceled plans or only attended virtual celebrations as a result of the growing fear over the pandemic.

Unfortunately, while many cities still took very careful and measured approaches to the Fourth of July celebrations, photos online showed that there are still a lot of people that didn’t take the pandemic and warnings seriously.

For example, one video from Instagram showed a group of maskless July Fourth celebrators packed closely together at Michigan’s Diamond Lake, while dozens of crowds flocked to the shores of Virginia Beach even before Saturday, despite the city already deciding to cancel its usual holiday fireworks display in order to help keep said beaches safe from the pandemic.

As a result, outbreaks are cropping up all over the country, with 12 out of the 34 states with rising COVID-19 cases recording an increase of more than 50 percent.

Times Square, New York during coronavirus A view of Times Square during the coronavirus pandemic on April 23, 2020 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images

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