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Democrats: Gov. DeSantis' virus inaction cost Floridian lives

Posted at 2:58 PM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 14:58:18-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Democratic congressional delegation is blasting Governor Ron DeSantis’ response to the coronavirus outbreak, saying his decisions have caused unneeded deaths.

Several members said in a Tuesday call with reporters that the Republican governor's refusal to issue statewide orders requiring masks and closing beaches is spreading the disease.

They also called on him to close gyms and again bar inside dining at restaurants.

Gov. DeSantis again Tuesday called on people to wear masks and socially distance, but left orders to counties and cities. The state confirmed 7,300 new cases Tuesday, bringing the total to almost 214,000. Another 63 people died, bringing the total to almost 4,000.