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Coronavirus in Florida: Containment strategies still debated as numbers near 2,500

As the number of cases and deaths related to COVID-19 — the illness caused by the novel coronavirus — rise dramatically in Florida, the debate over how best to contain the virus and keep it from spreading goes on. Florida surged over 2,000 cases Thursday morning, and neared 2,500 by the evening, with 2,484 cases reported, including a total of 507 since Wednesday. The huge overnight increase comes as the state pushes forward on aggressively testing people who are over 65, have underlying medical conditions and present the worst symptoms.

Florida Politics

State health officials: 1,977 cases, 23 deaths related to the coronavirus

State health officials now report 1,977 cases and 23 deaths related to the coronavirus Friday after reported cases jumped Wednesday evening. Department of Health officials confirmed 295 additional cases after the morning report added 215 cases and two deaths. The combined 510 cases is the largest one-day increase the state has seen in COVID-19 cases. The 23rd reported death Wednesday evening was an 80-year-old Citrus County man who had traveled to Delaware and had contact with a known case.

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‘Dumbest s---’: DeSantis takes heat as he goes his own way on coronavirus

TALLAHASSEE — While New York, California and other states shutter their economies to keep the coronavirus at bay, Gov. Ron DeSantis is refusing to follow the herd. His cure-can’t-be-worse-than-the-disease approach has put the Republican governor under a glaring spotlight locally and nationally as cases of the virus in Florida surge past 1,400. It’s a philosophy that aligns DeSantis with other conservatives, including President Donald Trump and Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Republican with a strong libertarian bent.