Florida reported 15,299 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday, the largest daily increase of any state since the beginning of the pandemic, NPR reports.
Florida’s new caseload on Sunday dwarfs the previous record, when New York recorded more than 12,200 new cases in a single day back in April.
Florida reported another 12,624 new cases on Monday, marking the second-largest daily increase of any state.
The latest surge brings the state’s total cases to 269,811 and 4,242 deaths.
"If Florida were a country, it would rank fourth in the world for the most new cases a day behind the United States, Brazil and India," Reuters noted.
Florida reopening despite increase:
Florida was among the first states to reopen in early May, which resulted in the ongoing skyrocketing caseload.
Despite the increase, the state announced that all schools will be required to stay open five days a week starting next month.
Disney World also reopened its doors despite the infections.
Florida not shutting back down:
Gov. Ron DeSantis has vowed that he will not roll back the state’s reopening.
"We're not going back, closing things," he told reporters. "I don't think that that's really what's driving it — people going to a business is not what's driving it. I think when you see the younger folks, I think a lot of it is more just social interactions, so that's natural."
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Florida should consider closing back down.
"There are some times when despite the guidelines and the recommendations to open up carefully and prudently, some states skipped over those and just opened up too quickly," he said last week. "Certainly Florida . . . I think jumped over a couple of checkpoints."
"Any state that is having a serious problem, that state should seriously look at shutting down," he told the Wall Street Journal.