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Monday Update: Miami Becomes Coronavirus Epicenter in U.S.

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There are 12.9 million cases of the coronavirus worldwide, with over 570,000 deaths.

The U.S. has over 3.3 million cases, and 135,000 deaths.

Miami has now taken the baton from New York City as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told Good Morning America that “there’s no doubt that our death rate is going to go up after the next week or two.”

On Sunday, Florida reported 15,300 new cases. Back during New York’s peak, the highest daily count was around 12,000.

Florida is not one of the 20 states that has a mask mandate statewide.

And that follows the World Health Organization reporting over 230,000 new cases worldwide on Sunday, which set a new global record for the number of cases announced in one day.

Combined, the U.S. and Brazil accounted for nearly half of those cases.

The WHO has warned that :too many countries are heading in the wrong direction.”

“If the basics aren’t followed, there’s only one way that this pandemic is going to’s going to get worse and worse and worse,” the WHO’s director noted.

And this comes as many wonder whether or not their children will be going back to school in the fall. 

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