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Miami, May 22 . .- Florida (USA) is approaching the 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 after having registered 976 new ones in the last 24 hours and more than 1,200 this Thursday, but the reopening of the state extends and even some will venture out on their first trips on the long weekend ahead.

COVID-19 cases have totaled 49,451 since March 1, and the deaths are 2,190, with 44 counted from Thursday to today.

At the same time that these figures from the Health Department were revealed, which show that the new coronavirus continues to cause pain and death in Florida, it became known about new sectors and spaces that will open in the coming days, such as the beaches of Miami and Miami-Beach. .


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis told a news conference in the northeastern city of Jacksonville that “as the state reactivates again,” nursing homes and jails “have become the hotbeds of contagion of the virus. “

“The positive cases remain in the residences, prisons and communities where the population lives much closer, such as that of Immokalee (southwest Florida),” said the governor, who was accompanied by the mayor of Jacksonville, Lenny Curry.

DeSantis gave the green light to the opening of summer camps and the resumption of team sports so that “the children have a relatively normal summer”, although he said that it will be the organizations, local governments and parents who will make the decision final about it.

“We cannot live in perpetual quarantine and we have to let children be children for the summer and to reopen the economy,” said Mayor Curry.

The governor also reviewed the situation of the theme parks, which represent one of the main sources of employment for many Floridians, after Universal Studio’s announcement that it plans to reopen in early June.

The Legoland theme park announced this Friday that it will reopen to the public on June 1 at 50% of its capacity and with special measures to prevent infections.

Miami-Dade County announced that it plans to open the beaches and hotels on June 1, after a meeting that took place this Friday between Mayor Carlos Giménez and local administrators.

Both the city of Miami and Miami Beach entered Phase 1 of the reopening this Monday, which began in most of Florida on May 4, but it will not be until Wednesday of next week when the restaurants are reopened facing the public.

Before, Floridians and all Americans will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, the national day of those killed in combat, which is celebrated on the last Monday of May and gives rise to a long weekend that is used to travel and celebrate spring.

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), last year 43 million people traveled outside their usual residence, but this year “fewer trips due to the virus” are estimated.


AAA announced in a statement that there are some reports that “fewer people will be on the road compared to past years.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to recommend that the population avoid “any nonessential travel” in order to control the spread of the virus.

In Florida this will be the first weekend that the entire state will be in phase 1 for economic recovery.

The last to join were the southern counties of Miami-Dade and Broward, the two most affected by the pandemic and that, to date, accumulate 16,522 and 6,580 detected cases of which 614 and 286 have been fatal.