Coronavirus cases in Florida climbed by a record `1,698 in one day as deaths rose by 47 to 2,848, the Florida Department of Health announced Wednesday morning.
Positive confirmed cases increased from 1,371 to a total of 69,069 as testing has ramped up and the state has eased restrictions. In eight of the past eight days, cases have risen by more than 1,000, including the previous record of 1,419 last Thursday.
On Wednesday, deaths in the state rose by 36. Last Thursday the state rise was 41. The state record is 83 on Tuesday, April 28. Twice, the increase was 72 -- once in April and once last month.
Twenty-nine of the 47 additional deaths are linked to South Florida, which accounts for 1,616 deaths for 56.7 percent of the state total though the population comprises 30 percent.
The state positive test rate remained 5.3 percent with the rate more than 10 percent for several weeks. The most recent positive daily rate was 6.1 percent compared with 6.6 percent Monday.
In all, there were 27,725 tests compared with 20,720 additional tests announced Wednesday. Total tests reached 1,307,728 with 1,237,679 negative results and the remaining 980 inconclusive or not reported.
The mortality rate involving positive cases is 4.1 percent in the state compared with 5.6 percent in the United States and 5.6 percent worldwide, which passed 418,000 deaths and passed 7.4 million cases Wednesday.
The youngest victim is a 23-year-old woman from Miami-Dade County. A total of 16 people from 25 to 34 have died from the virus in data through Wednesday. A 104-year-old woman is 1 year older than the previous oldest, including a 103-year-old woman from Polk reported Tuesday. A total of 984 people 85 and older have died in the state from the virus.
Ninety-four percent of the fatalities are 55 and older and 64 percent 75 and older. A smaller percentage of older people have tested positive -- 39 percent 55 and older and 12 percent 75 and older. At the other end of the age spectrum, there are 713 cases of infants to 4 years old and 1,570 from 5 to 14.
An infant has tested positive in every South Florida county.
A total of 11,571 people in the state have been hospitalized at one time, which is 206 more than the day before. That means it is a running total and includes people who have been released or died.
Florida, which is third-most populous state, is 11th in the nation for total deaths behind Maryland, which has reported 43 more deaths than Florida, including 33 Wednesday, according to Worldometers.info.
Florida has 133 deaths per 1 million people compared with the U.S. average of 348 per million. New York, which represents 27 percent of the deaths in the nation, has 1,577 per million. Worldwide, the figure is 53.6 per million.
Worldometers lists the death toll at 115,130 with 982 additional fatalities Wednesday after 1,093 Tuesday. Johns Hopkins reports 112,908 deaths.
Cases hit 2,066,401 with 19,943 additional ones. Last Wednesday, there were 1,084 additional deaths and 20,798 more cases.
The one week U.S. death increase is 5.3 percent with a gain of 5,757 through Wednesday.
Tied for the most additional deaths at 98 were New Jersey, which is second in total fatalities, and No. 7 California. And next at 77 were No. 5 Illinois and No. 1 New York, which reported 799 deaths in one day in April. The others were No. 3 Massachusetts with 46, No. 4 Pennsylvania with 75, No. 6 Michigan with 12, No. 8 Connecticut with 23, No. 9 Louisiana with 12.
Georgia is in 14th place with an increase of 44. Washington, which was the original epicenter in the United States, is in 18th with an increase of 15 Tuesday.
One week ago Thursday in the United States, there were 110,415, two weeks ago there were 103,563, three weeks ago there were 96,569, four weeks ago 87,500, five weeks ago 77,114, six weeks ago 64,018, seven weeks ago 50,361, eight weeks ago 34,994, nine weeks ago 19,847, 10 weeks ago 7,592, 11 weeks ago 1,616, 12 weeks ago 239, 13 weeks ago 41`,12 weeks ago 11, 15 weeks ago 0.
The U.S. represented 19.0 percent of the 5,165 additional deaths Wednesday -- a percentage that has been declining -- and 27.5 percent of the world total though its population is only 4.3 percent of the global total. The death toll Wednesday was 4,763.
The one week world death increase is 8.0 percent with a gain of 31,109.
Two Latin American nations, Brazil and Mexico, have had skyrocketing deaths and cases.
Brazil reported the most deaths in the world on Wednesday -- 1,300 -- after 1,185 Tuesday. The record is 1,492 Thursday. Brazil has a total of 39,797 deaths -- third in the world, compared with 32,547 one week ago and 25,697 two weeks ago. Brazil also reported a record 33,100 new cases, beating the record of 31,890 cases Thursday, for second place behind the United States with 775,184.
Mexico reported 708 additional deaths, compared with 596 Tuesday, as well as 4,883 cases Wednesday night. The nation's deaths have risen from 8,597 to 15,357 in two weeks into seventh place.
The six European nations in the top 10 – United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany -- reported a total of 363 deaths after 513 Tuesday. But 245 of them were in United Kingdom after 286. Others were No. 4 Italy with 71, No. 5 France with 23, No. 6 Spain with 0, No. 8 Belgium with 10 and No. 9 Germany with 13.
The daily rate was as high as 1,494 in France, 1,172 in Britain, 919 in Italy, 961 in Spain. Italy was the epicenter of the world at one time.
Iran is in 10th place with 81 new deaths. Canada gained an additional 63 deaths and dropped to 12th behind India.
The Asian nation reported 388 deaths, which was the fourth-most in the world Wednesday. Cases rose 12,375 -- the third highest globally and sixth overall.
Russia reported 6,358 cases compared with 8,595 the day before for third place. Also, it reported 216 additional deaths in 13th.
Sweden, which has been doing "herd immunity," reported 78 more deaths with 4,795 for 16th place as well as 198 new cases after 1,056 Friday. Neighboring Norway reported 0 deaths to stay at 239 as well as 18 more cases.
China, the original epicenter of the world but now in 18th place, hasn’t reported a death since April 26 and reported 11 cases Thursday