DeSantis Says Florida COVID Cases Will Decrease in Coming Weeks, 'We Are Not Shutting Down'

Tuesday - 03/08/2021 14:29
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DeSantis did encourage people to get vaccinated, saying while it is not a perfect barrier against the disease the shots do provide a strong defense against getting seriously ill.

Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis said he expects COVID-19 cases to drop in the coming weeks and will not impose any precautionary restrictions.

"We are not shutting down," he said on Tuesday. "We are going to have schools open. We are protecting every Floridian's job in this state. We are protecting people's small businesses. These interventions have failed time and time again throughout this pandemic, not just in the United States but abroad. They have not stopped the spread, particularly with delta."

DeSantis continued to insist the spike in cases is seasonal due to people spending more time indoors together to avoid the heat and humidity, even as the state broke its record for COVID hospitalizations again.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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