Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Refuses New Stay-At-Home Orders as COVID-19 Skyrockets Over 80,000 Cases

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said there will not be any new stay-at-home orders even though COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing passing 80,000 and there were 2,783 new coronavirus cases in one day, reports the Tampa Bay Times:

We’re not rolling back. The reason we did the mitigation was to protect the hospital system. Would shutting down the state stop some of the examples that I showed? I don’t think so.

You have to have society function. You have to be able to have a cohesive society. That’s the best way to be able to deal with the impacts of the virus. To suppress a lot of working age people at this point I don’t think would be very effective.

Two new peer-reviewed studies in the science journal Nature found that lockdowns, stay-at-home orders, closed schools, and canceled public events prevented millions of Covid-19 cases in the U.S.

DeSantis claimed the recent rise in the number of cases has happened because of a change in the state’s testing strategy.

However, Florida’s top coronavirus data scientist Rebekah Jones started her own website, FloridaCOVIDAction.com, which shows a higher case total and a lower number of people tested than data published by the state.

(Sources: Nature, Nature, Tampa Bay Times, Miami Herald)

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