Orlando’s NBC News affiliate reports:
Florida health officials on Tuesday reported a record 132 new coronavirus-related deaths among residents and more than 9,100 new cases of COVID-19.
The 132 deaths is the biggest single-day spike Florida has seen since the beginning of the pandemic, however that doesn’t mean all of these people died in the past 24 hours.
Another 9,194 cases of coronavirus brings the statewide total to 291,629. The death toll is now 4,409.
Florida has been averaging nearly 10,000 new cases per day for the last week. On 12 July, the state broke the national record by reporting 15,300 cases in a single day. A Reuters analysis on 12 July found if Florida were a country, it would be fourth in the world for most new cases in a day.
Critics say the number of deaths is probably higher, as Florida does not like other states report deaths suspected as having been caused by Covid-19.
The state also has yet to report daily hospital admission rates, though officials have promised to do so. Florida only hit the 100,000 case mark on 22 June, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Just 13 days later, that number had doubled. Now, there are more than 287,000 cases.