Florida coronavirus cases are spiking again and Houston is considering new lockdown
The splash comes as new cases of Covid-19 continue to grow in the Sun Belt states, with Florida reporting a record 15,299 cases on Sunday and the Texas city of Houston weighing a return to lockdown.
Florida’s nail marked the highest one-off increase in the US state since the pandemic began, and the Department of Health registered a new total of 269,811 positive cases. Sunshine State’s death toll also rose by four, making a total of 514 deaths from Covid-19 over the past week. Disney World reopened in Orlando this weekend, much to the dismay.
California previously held the record for the highest one-time increase with 1
In Texas, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, both Democrats, said this weekend that a stay-at-home arrangement is required for America’s fourth-largest city to pass Covid-19.
The call comes after a week in which Texas continued to break records for confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths associated with the disease. State health officials reported 8,196 new cases on Sunday, another 80 deaths and a total of 10,410 people hospitalized due to the virus.
The decision to close down, however, rests with Republican Governor Greg Abbott – who has resisted this step and says it should be a last resort.
In total, the United States is now on 3.37 m cases of coronavirus and as many as 137,000 deaths.
Here is Vincent Wood with the latest on the crisis.