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Fri Jun 19, 2020, 06:08 PM

Florida gov blames coronavirus rise on 'overwhelmingly Hispanic' workers [View all]

Source: New York Post

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis pointed to clusters of “overwhelmingly Hispanic” day laborers and agriculture workers driving the state’s recent coronavirus spike — but farmworkers and industry associations argue that resources and testing came too late to those communities, according to new reports.

“Some of these guys go to work in a school bus, and they are all just packed there like sardines, going across Palm Beach County or some of these other places, and there’s all these opportunities to have transmission,” DeSantis said during a press conference in Tallahassee.

Florida on Thursday reported the largest single-day spike in coronavirus cases since the pandemic started.

The number of new infections in the Sunshine State soared to 3,207 — dwarfing its own previous highest single-day increase of 2,783 on Tuesday.

The record-high illness rate comes as some parts of the state report zero available ICU beds, and as scientists predict Florida has “all the markings” to become the new epicenter for the pandemic.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2020/06/19/desantis-blames-covid-spike-on-overwhelmingly-hispanic-laborers/





Florida Governor Ron de Santis and Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñez during their 2018 campaign.

Nuñez was part of a massive de Santis effort to woo Cuban-Americans in 2018 - but amid 90,000 Covid cases and mounting, his tune has changed.

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