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    Florida reported 9,585 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, setting the record for its highest day yet. While case numbers have multiplied fivefold in recent weeks, the death rate has only slightly risen. In an effort to double down on rising numbers, officials have urged residents to forgo house parties, banned bars from selling alcohol, and closed some beaches. Hospitals across the state are said to be at 75% capacity. Cases have been on the rise since the opening of bars, restaurants, and beaches, as well as large protests over racism in the past weeks.

    LEFT

    A public health professor with the University of South Florida said that unless something changes, they are going to see “tens of thousands of new cases every day.” The Left points to many regions with rising cases as conservative-leaning, Trump-supporting areas in which their no-mask-wearing, social-distance-failing, rush-to-open ways contributed to their high cases numbers. They condemn Trump for encouraging reopening, downplaying the virus, and setting a bad example by not wearing a mask.

    “Very much under the surface is a sort of winking and nodding about the fact that the African American community has been more heavily affected. And so there’s a bit of, you know, ‘Maybe we’re OK’, because Trump’s supporters are largely white.”

    Leonie Huddy, Stony Brook University, professor of political science

    RIGHT

    Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that the higher case counts can partially be attributed to an increase in testing, but also said that socializing is playing a big part in the virus’ spread. Republican officials are encouraging people to take the virus seriously but are markedly more optimistic than their Democratic counterparts. “Everybody’s got to take this seriously. Wear your mask. Social distance. You know, don’t go places you don’t have to go to. Be careful,” stated Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fl).

    “Some will say if case numbers are up, why reopen?… But we have to reopen. The discussion is how well you can contain transmission as you reopen.”

    Dr. David Rubin, MSCE, director of PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
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