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Miami COVID-19 tests 27% positive, stark example of US virus surge




  • 27% of coronavirus tests came back positive in Miami-Dade county, Florida, on Wednesday.
  • It is the second day in a row where more than a quarter of tests were positive. It makes Miami a standout example of how much of the US is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases.
  • Florida also reported an all-time high on Wednesday, with 5,511 new cases. California and Texas are also experiencing spikes.
  • Florida began to reopen at the end of April, when daily cases stood at 347. But the state now shows “all the markings of the next large epicenter of coronavirus transmission,” scientists told CNN
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The rate of positive coronavirus tests in and around Miami, Florida, has surged to 27% — marking it as one of the starkest examples of the resurgent US coronavirus outbreak.

On Wednesday, Miami-Dade county recorded 957 positive cases from 3,559 tests — a rate of 26.89%. The day before the rate had been 25.9%, sharply up from the preceding days.

The figure is more than double the county’s target for positive tests, which is 10%.

Miami daily positive cases June 2020 coronavirus

A slide from a presentation by the Miami-Dade County government showing its testing data.

Miami-Dade County

Miami’s number of tests has been gradually trending downwards, which would explain some of the increase in the numbers coming back positive.

But the absolute number of positive tests has also trended upwards, suggesting a more serious problem than limited capacity. The city’s mayor on Tuesday announced that police would enforce mask-wearing in public places.

It came as the wider state of Florida, as well as other hotspots like Texas and California, experienced record levels of transmission.

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA - JUNE 10: A woman wears a face shield as she wades in the ocean off South Beach on June 10, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida. Miami-Dade county and the City of Miami opened their beaches today as the area eases restrictions put in place to contain COVID-19. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

A woman wears a face shield as she wades in the ocean off South Beach on June 10, 2020 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Florida on Wednesday recorded an all-time high of 5,511 new cases. California and Texas also reported more than 5,000 new daily cases. 

Together, these helped propel the US to its all-time highest total for new cases Wednesday, of 36,000.

Health experts said Thursday that the renewed spread of the virus is likely a result of too-early relaxation of lockdown rules, the Associated Press reported.

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