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Florida become the third state to cross 1 million COVID-19 cases

Florida become the third state to cross 1 million COVID-19 cases
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Florida on Tuesday became the third state to hit a total of 1 million coronavirus cases as the nation grapples with an alarming spike in infections.

The Florida Department of Health tallied 1,008,166 cases for the state after over 8,800 new infections were added to the total Tuesday. Over 18,600 people in the Sunshine State have died.

Florida has recorded at least 6,000 new cases every day since Nov. 16, according to the state’s Department of Health.

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Just California and Texas have had as many total cases since the pandemic’s outbreak. Prior to the most recent national surge in cases, Florida had been one of the country’s worst COVID-19 hotspots in mid-summer months. 

The bulk of Florida’s cases are located in the southeast region of the state, with Miami Dade County registering over 231,000 cases, Broward County counting over 108,000 cases and Palm Beach County tallying nearly 66,000 cases.

The grim milestone comes as GOP Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisData scientist who accused Florida of manipulating coronavirus data to turn herself in on warrant Florida Republicans close ranks with Trump after Capitol siege Once the slam-dunk nominee, Trump's 2024 aspirations already toast after Capitol chaos MORE bristles against implementing more stringent health measures, doubling down on his decision to keep public schools open and maintaining this week he’s “opposed to [mask] mandates, period.”

DeSantis has also caught some flak for extending an order that prohibits localities from fining people who violate local pandemic-related mandates.

The governor, a close ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT MORE, has echoed the White House’s messages focused on the economy.

He announced Tuesday that Florida had received another $28 million in funds from the Labor Department for disaster-relief employment.