Florida sees second COVID-19 wave horror as dozens of hospitals run out of beds

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The US has seen the highest amount of coronavirus cases worldwide, with 2,993,760 cases as of July 8. It also holds the highest death toll from the virus, with 131,457. On Tuesday, the US broke the record for the highest new daily cases, with 60,209. Many states are struggling with a resurgent wave of cases after easing lockdowns early.

The state’s Agency for Health Care Administration revealed that intensive care units in many states were full.

From 25 of Florida’s 67 counties, 54 hospitals reported that they were at capacity.

The agencies shocking report was published on Tuesday, where 7,347 new cases were reported.

Over 300 hospitals were included in the report, but not all had adult ICU’s.

Beyond the hospitals that had no more space, another 30 said their ICU beds were almost 90 percent occupied.

Across the entire state, only 17 percent of beds were available as of Tuesday.

Three days ago, there were 20 percent of beds free.

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Florida reportedly has 6,010 adult ICU beds available for inpatients.

In the last week, Florida’s daily count of new cases reached over 10,000 three times.

Deaths from the virus have been surging too. Last week saw a near 19 percent increase in deaths week-on-week.

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The grim developments in Florida come ahead of President Donald Trump’s planned visit.

The Republican National Convention was moved from Democrat-led North Carolina to Republican Florida to allow the huge event to go ahead.

But the surge in cases has led to fears the event may be cancelled or downsized, which Trump himself acknowledge could happen.

He told Voice of America: “It really depends on the timing.

“Look, we’re very flexible.

“We can do a lot of things.”

Florida was one of the first states to declare victory over the virus, with governor Ron DeSantis opening the state again on April 29.

When asked last month whether he would consider closing the state, DeSantis said: “We’re not shutting down.

“We’re going to go forward.”

Health experts have warned the US government that reopening the economy could be disastrous.

Dr Anthony Fauci, part of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, has warned American’s that the country is still “knee deep in the first wave” of coronavirus.

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