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Florida reports sixth consecutive day of more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases


Florida soared past 360,000 new coronavirus infections Monday as the Department of Health reported 10,347 additional new cases.

That marks the sixth straight day of at least 10,000 new cases as the pandemic takes hold of the state.

Ninety new deaths also raised the statewide death toll past 5,000.

Despite the skyrocketing numbers, Gov. Ron DeSantis has been defiant in his refusal to slow the reopening process. He’s also refused to issue a statewide mask mandate, which many states have instituted to require residents to wear masks in public.

In a public plea over the weekend, Florida Democrats, including Rep. Donna Shalala, urged DeSantis to reinstate the shutdown.

“By failing to reopen our state in the safe, smart, and step-by-step manner that you promised, and by ignoring CDC gating criteria, our state may be forced into a statewide economic shutdown, either by your order or simply because Floridians and visitors do not feel safe,” the letter reads.

“Now we are facing uncontrolled outbreaks across the state that have resulted in long lines for testing, delayed test results, barriers to effective contact tracing and that jeopardize the safe reopening of our schools.”