Florida now has more than 269,000 cases of the virus with Miami-Dade County reporting 64,443 on its own. Deaths from the virus have been rising in the U.S., especially in the South and West, though they are still well below the numbers reached in April, according to a recent Associated Press analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Both in hotspots like Florida, and nationwide, fatalities have turned slightly upward, but remain low as experts warn the spike in deaths may be yet to come.
The surge in coronavirus continues to rage uncontrolled across the United States as cases are rising in 35 states, including record numbers in Florida. No confirmed deaths were reported the previous day, but two probable deaths were listed.
The previous record was Friday, with more than 228,000 newly recorded cases worldwide in a 24-hour span.
SC reported more than 2,200 new infections Saturday, while Louisiana reported more than 2,600 Friday. County Judge Lina Hidalgo, the executive overseeing Harris County, the largest in Texas, called on Sunday for a stay-at-home order to be issued.
There are now 64,444 confirmed cases in Miami-Dade and 30,025 cases in Broward. This comes amid reports that more than 40 hospitals in Florida say their intensive care facilities are at full capacity.
Sunday's numbers exceed New York's peak of more than 12,200 new cases in one day back in April, back when it was the epicenter of the outbreak.
The small shipment was enough to treat 280 patients and act as a stopgap for Florida on Saturday, while the state was awaiting the delivery of remdesivir from the federal government.
'Patients suffer and you just feel awful'.
At least 4346 people have died from coronavirus in the state. Florida has also broken New York State's record of 12 847 new cases on April 10 when it was the epicentre of the USA outbreak.
Mexico reported more than 6,000 new cases Saturday.
Ferre said the important statistic isn't the raw number of positives, but the percentage - on Sunday, it was just over 11%, about 8 percentage points lower than the weekly average. New infections in Tokyo have been over 200 for four straight days.
Emerging hotspots are also being closely watched as well.
It also surpasses California's 11,694 cases registered on Wednesday.
North Carolina, too, is facing a growing crisis.
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told CBS News' Face the Nation Sunday he believes "things are going to get worse before they get better" particularly in southern states.