Wed, 23 Sep 2020

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The southeastern U.S. state of Florida on Wednesday reported 5,409 new COVID-19 cases, making the sunshine state second only to California to top half-million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country.

Florida now has 502,739 cases, while California health officials on Tuesday listed almost 520,000 cases, according to a report from South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Also on Wednesday, Florida reported another 225 coronavirus fatalities, a near-record high of new deaths.

All state-run testing sites in Florida on Tuesday reopened after being closed for days due to tropical storm Isaias, local media reported, adding that in some cases, test sites in hard-hit South Florida were closed for five days.

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