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Record breaking increase in COVID-19 cases in Florida

BY , Jun 24, 2020 10:26 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

Florida's new confirmed coronavirus cases skyrocketed Wednesday by 5,500, a 25% jump from the previous record set last week and triple the level of just two weeks ago.

The rapidly escalating daily figures continue a trend that began when Florida started reopening its economy last month and have caused several counties and cities to implement emergency orders requiring the wearing of masks in public places and crack down on businesses that aren't enforcing social distancing rules.

Two weeks ago, Florida's one-day record for confirmed coronavirus cases was 1,601, set in mid-May.

That has been exceeded every day since June 12 and the seven-day average for tests coming back positive has tripled from 3.8% on June 1 to 13%.

The state now has confirmed more than 109,000 cases since March 1.

There have been 3,281 confirmed deaths from COVID-19, a jump of 43 since Monday.

Several Toronto Blue Jays players and staff reportedly suffering from COVID-19

Several Toronto Blue Jays players and staff have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

Last Friday, the Jays shut down their spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida, after a player showed symptoms of the virus.

The developments come a week before the start of training camp ahead of a recently approved 60-game regular season.

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