2020-06-20 00:33:21 UTC
Florida Gov. DeSantis blames spike in new coronavirus cases on 'overwhelmingly
hispanic laborers' - as the state reaches a record-high of nearly 4,000
infections in a day and fears grow it is becoming the new virus epicenter
Governor DeSantis (left) pushed the responsibility for the state's renewed
outbreak on migrant camps and farm workers where people live and work in cramped
conditions. 'Some of these guys go to work in a school bus, and they are all
just packed there like sardines,' DeSantis said Tuesday. Farm workers'
associations hit back at the governor saying he has repeatedly ignored their
pleas to help the vulnerable demographic.
Fears are mounting that the Sunshine State is on track to be the new virus
epicenter as it has seen historic highs of new cases several days this week
(bottom right). New coronavirus cases in Florida surged to 3,822 Friday - a new
daily record surpassing the previous record on Thursday of 3,207. The average
age of confirmed cases last week was just 37. But the governor brushed off the
surge in cases and said the state will plow on with its reopening regardless.