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Florida Doubles One-Day Coronavirus Record

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Beachgoers wear face masks as they walk along a path, Fla., during the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

(Tallahassee, FL) — Florida is surpassing the previous one-day coronavirus record. The state announced nearly 9000 new COVID-19 infections today with 39 deaths. The new numbers eclipse the record of more than 5500 on Wednesday.

Over the last week, Florida has recorded 29,163 new infections, which is nearly a quarter of the state’s total number of confirmed cases since the pandemic began more than three months ago, according to the Miami Herald. The state’s total number of confirmed cases now stands at 122,960. Deaths in the peninsula are also skyrocketing with 137 new deaths reported Friday, the Department of Health announced, bringing the statewide death toll “north of 3,400,” the Herald reported. The number of deceased patients nearly tripled overnight. On Thursday, just 46 deaths were reported. In an effort to curb the recent spike, the drinking of alcohol at bars has been suspended by the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation.