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Miami will close beaches for Fourth of July weekend

  • Miami will close beaches for Fourth of July weekend
    "After consulting with our County's public health experts, I will be signing an emergency order on Saturday to close all beaches in Miami-Dade County starting Friday, July 3, and ending Tuesday, July 7," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said Miami will close beaches for Fourth of July weekend
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"After consulting with our County's public health experts, I will be signing an emergency order on Saturday to close all beaches in Miami-Dade County starting Friday, July 3, and ending Tuesday, July 7," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement late Friday night.

As Florida sees a surging number of new coronavirus, Miami-Dade County announced that it plans to close all beaches ahead of Fourth of July weekend. The state on Friday reported an all-time high of nearly 9,000 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, topping the state's previous record of 5,500 cases. 

"After consulting with our County's public health experts, I will be signing an emergency order on Saturday to close all beaches in Miami-Dade County starting Friday, July 3, and ending Tuesday, July 7," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement late Friday night.

Gimenez emphasized the importance of closing beaches as more young people test positive and the number of hospitalizations rise.

Infection rates are on the rise in more than 30 states, among them Florida, where Miami mayor Carlos A Gimenez is due to sign an emergency order on Saturday closing all beaches in Miami-Dade County from 3 to 7 July, putting a damper on Fourth of July weekend in an attempt to contain an outbreak in a city responsible for more than 30,000 of the state’s 123,000 confirmed cases.

Giminez said in a statement:

After consulting with our County’s public health experts, I will be signing an emergency order on Saturday to close all beaches in Miami-Dade County starting Friday, July 3, and ending Tuesday, July 7. The closure may be extended if conditions do not improve and people do not follow New Normal rules requiring masks to be worn always inside commercial establishments and outdoors when social distancing of at least 6 feet is not possible.

As we continue to see more COVID-19 positive test results among young adults and rising hospitalizations, I have decided that the only prudent thing to do to tamp down this recent uptick is to crack down on recreational activities that put our overall community at higher risk.

Again, everyone should wear masks inside public establishments and outside if they cannot practice social distancing of at least 6 feet.

I have been seeing too many businesses and people ignoring these lifesaving rules. If people are not going to be responsible and protect themselves and others from this pandemic, then the government is forced to step in and restore common sense to save lives.

Elsewhere, US president Donald Trump has canceled today’s planned trip to his New Jersey golf club and has no public events on his schedule for the next two days.

 

New York sees steady decline in cases

Florida, Texas, Arizona and California have emerged as states experiencing a rapidly increasing number of coronavirus cases. Record seven-day case averages have now been reported by 13 states in total across a huge swathe of America, including Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah and Washington.

But New York, once the center of the US coronavirus crisis, appears to be heading in the right direction.

Andrew Cuomo, the state’s Democratic governor, said on Saturday that less than 1% of the roughly 73,000 people tested for Covid-19 on Friday were positive.

The 703 new cases account for 0.96% of those tested, down from 1.4% the day prior.
 
“Today’s numbers show a continued, steady decline in our hospitalization and death rates, and proves that a response based on science, not politics, is only way to defeat this virus,” Cuomo said. “While this is good news, New Yorkers cannot become complacent – we must continue to remain vigilant and smart in the fight against Covid-19. Wear a mask, socially distance – be New York tough.”