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Another record of cases and hospitals on alert: Florida fails to stop the new wave of coronavirus

The state of Florida This Friday, it recorded 13,427 hospital admissions for coronavirus, thus breaking its daily record again, despite the advance in vaccination throughout the United States.

The number of new cases also set a record, adding 22,783 new infections, local authorities reported on Friday. And concern grows about the amount of young interns.

The previous record of hospitalizations had been registered this Wednesday, when 12,408 patients were hospitalized, and the number has been increasing every day since last Sunday, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The number of new infections in the last 24 hours – 22,783 new daily cases, and 199 deaths, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English) – is also the largest registered trademark in that state since it began. the pandemic in 2020. Last weekend there were 21,683 new daily cases.

At the same time, a weekly report noted that it is about the seventh consecutive week with a significant increase in new infections and the positivity rate.

The state Department of Health report released updated this Friday shows 134,506 new cases from July 30 to August 5, compared to 110,420 reported the previous week.

Florida’s positivity rate jumped to 18.9%, compared to 18.4% the prior week.

The alarming rebound of hospitalizations and cases takes place when the new data on the incidence of covid-19 in minors show that this Tuesday 135 infected were admitted, more than in any other state in the country except Texas, with 142 children hospitalized for coronavirus, the newspaper reported Miami Herald.

Schools and chinstraps

On the other hand, the Florida department of education approved a proposed emergency rule on Friday that would grant special school vouchers to families who want to transfer their children from public schools if they do not feel comfortable with anti-covid protocols.

The rule, approved unanimously, indicates that parents may apply for the so-called “Hope Scholarship”, which allows students to be transferred from school when a school district’s “covid-19 health protocols, including the use of a mask, pose a health hazard or The education of children”.

The CDC recommended in late July that everyone, regardless of their vaccination status, wear masks inside schools.

These federal prevention guidelines were revised in response to the delta variant, highly contagious, spreading throughout the country, as children under the age of 12 remain excluded from vaccination plans.

In practice, the proposed rule could divert more students to private schools or out of public school districts as a result of the covid-19 protocols.

The governor of Florida, Republican Ron DeSantis, recently redoubled his refusal to adopt the CDC’s recommendations on the use of chinstraps in schools, despite the fact that the school systems of Broward, Duval and Alachua counties have already decided to require that students wear masks when school begins this month.

This Friday, a group of parents of children with disabilities sued the state of Florida alleging that DeSantis’ ban on the imposition of masks in schools violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The federal lawsuit filed in the Southern District of Florida includes 27 parents and children who claim that DeSantis “does not have the authority to threaten school districts with loss of funds if they protect the health of their students with disabilities and the rights to be in an integrated learning environment “, reported the digital media clickorlando.com.

DeSantis’s fight against the return of the chinstraps in schools even fueled the confrontation with the White House, where President Joe Biden indicated this week that the governor should “get out of the way” and allow schools and businesses to make face masks mandatory.

Source: EFE

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