BREAKING: Florida Shuts Down Bars After Explosion in COVID-19 Cases

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By KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO

In light of the overwhelming surge of new COVID-19 cases, Florida has announced it will ban alcohol consumption in its bars. 

"Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide," the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation tweeted.

Effective immediately, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation is suspending on premises consumption of alcohol at bars statewide.

— Florida DBPR (@FloridaDBPR) June 26, 2020

Florida's Department of Health reported nearly 9,000 new cases Friday, with now a total of nearly 123,000 coronavirus cases total and more than 32,000 of them confirmed in just the last seven days.

Just a week ago some experts predicted that Florida could be a hotspot for the virus. 

Florida's Governor Ron DeSantis announced plans to reopen schools in August.

DeSantis believes the spike in numbers is due to increased testing and doesn’t have plans to roll back the opening of the state.

"As you're testing more, you're going to find more cases," DeSantis said, according to NPR. "We're doing 30,000-plus tests a day."