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Biden calls for swift action while outlining $1.9 trillion virus relief package

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday outlined his $1.9 trillion stimulus proposal and called for swift action on it, warning that the health of the nation and its economy hang in the balance. “The crisis of human suffering is in plain sight. We have to act and we have to act now,” Biden said during a speech in Wilmington, Del. “We cannot afford inaction.” Speaking six days before he will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, Biden laid out a plan that would support coronavirus vaccination efforts, help reopen schools, deliver critical aid to workers and small businesses, tackle the hunger crisis and send funding to state and local governments.

Orlando Sentinel

White House Task Force warns Florida of ‘significant’ COVID deaths

As new COVID-19 vaccination sites open across the region — including at nearly two dozen Volusia County Publix locations — the latest White House Coronavirus Task Force report warns that Florida faces “significant fatalities” in the coming weeks from the rapidly spreading infection. The state continues to be in the most dangerous “red zone” for its number of new infections, the report notes, citing an acceleration that began shortly before Thanksgiving.

News 4 Jax

Unwanted milestone: Florida surpassses 1.5 million COVID-19 cases

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It took nine months for Florida to reach 1 million cases of coronavirus. On Tuesday, just six weeks later, the Department of Health added 14,896 new COVID-19 cases, sending the state past 1.5 million cases. Tuesday’s increase is close to the state’s daily average since the first of the year, which is about 40% higher than the previous peak daily average of 11,000 reached in July. There were 949 new COVID-19 cases in Jacksonville reported Tuesday, 208 in St. Johns County, 169 in Clay County, 151 in Alachua County and 103 in Nassau County.