COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to rise in Florida

COVID-19 Infections And Deaths Continue To Rise In Florida

Miami – Florida continues to escalate the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with 38,828 and 1,600 deaths, as well as jobless claims (1.1 million), the vast majority in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties , in the southeast of the state.

In the last 24 hours there were 61 deaths and 826 new confirmed cases of the new coronavirus in the state, according to what was reported this Thursday by the Florida Department of Health, which had a delay of more than three hours in the bulletin that is usually released around noon.

Confirmed deaths and cases continue to grow in Miami-Dade (454 and 13,438) and Broward (230 and 5,338), while in Palm Beach the death toll remained at 36 and cases increased by 103.


This county asked Gov. Ron DeSantis to include it in the first phase of reopening that began Monday in 64 of Florida’s 67 counties, a phase that also does not include Miami-Dade and Broward, all in the southeast.

The three counties also remain at the forefront of unemployment aid applications to the state government, which faces criticism and lawsuits because it has only processed 43.2% of a total of 1,115,023 claims so far this week.

The Florida Senate Democratic Minority Office today urged Governor DeSantis to “pay now” for these benefits by criticizing that there are 59 days of delays and “633,526 Floridians still waiting for payment.”

The state’s Department of Economic Opportunity, which is in charge of paperwork, has faced problems, including with the website inherited from the previous government, from Rick Scott, who paid consultancy Deloitte $ 77 million for a system that has failed from the beginning. .

In Hialeah, which is next to Miami the county city most punished by the unemployment generated by the COVID-19, this Thursday several people approached the place set up in a public library to process unemployment complaints, but they found the doors closed and without information about it.

On the other hand, the federal Department of Labor today released unemployment claims figures in Florida, which show a drop in the last three weeks: 506,670 the week ending April 17, 433,103 the week ending April 25 and 173,191, the one that ended last Saturday.

However, an analysis released today by WalletHub shows an increase between January 1 and April 27 in Florida’s unemployment claims of 3,650%, the biggest increase in the United States, going from 4,618 claims to 173,191.