As concerns grow around the resurgence of coronavirus cases in Florida, the state prepares to reopen schools next month. But their record-breaking case numbers have allowed for an interesting milestone.
Reporting 15,299 cases of coronavirus on Sunday alone, Florida now holds the record for most coronavirus cases recorded in a single day.
Meanwhile, all of Europe combined reported just 15,284 cases on Sunday, causing Florida to have more cases of coronavirus in the state than the entire European continent, Dr. Ashish Jha, director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, told Today.
"The situation in Florida is pretty worrisome. There were more cases yesterday in Floria than all of Europe yesterday, and this is obviously a situation that is getting worse," Jha said.
Last week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis attributed the spike in coronavirus cases to a younger generation. "If you look at the 25 to 34 age group, that is now by far the leading age group for positive tests," he said.
Florida now administers 50,000 coronavirus tests per day.
Jha noted that the rise in cases can't necessarily be explained by the amount of tests availalbe. "Look, there has been a surge in testing, but what we've seen in Florida is a big increase in hospitalizations. That can't be explained by testing. And now we're seeing a big increase in deaths, and obviously, that can't be explained by testing," Jha said.