Florida reports 424 new cases, 7 more deaths of COVID-19

State businesses continue to reopen under Gov. DeSantis’ plan

Cocoa Beach, Fla., is packed with Memorial Day beachgoers on Saturday, May 23, 202 The beaches are open for business again during the coronavirus epidemic. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Cocoa Beach, Fla., is packed with Memorial Day beachgoers on Saturday, May 23, 202 The beaches are open for business again during the coronavirus epidemic. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP) (Orlando Sentinel 2019)

As the state exited a long holiday weekend, fraught with massive crowds gathering along beaches, Florida pushes forward under Gov. Ron DeSantis’ plan to reopen.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Florida Department of Health reported 424 new cases of COVID-19 since the previous day, and seven new deaths related to the virus.

That brings the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida, since it was first detected in the state on March 1, to 52,170. The state’s death toll stands at 2,259.

Since March, 9,482 people with severe cases of the virus have required hospitalization. The state does not report the number of current patients in hospitals with the coronavirus.

While Florida works to lower the number of new cases of coronavirus that are diagnosed daily, officials with the World Health Organization said the first wave of the pandemic is not over, warning that globally, cases of the virus continue to rise, rather than decrease.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization, said that a speedy economic rebound is unlikely as the world is still “smack in the middle of the pandemic.”

“Right now, we’re not in the second wave. We’re right in the middle of the first wave globally," said Ryan. “We’re still very much in a phase where the disease is actually on the way up,” Ryan said in an interview with the AP, pointing to South America, South Asia and other areas where infections are still on the rise.

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