July 16, 2020 / 5:32 PM / 22 days ago

Florida reports biggest one-day increase in COVID-19 deaths since pandemic started

Officers from Florida's Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco (ABT) Bureau of Law Enforcement meet with Carrie Hudson (C) the owner of 33 & Melt restaurant during the reopen Florida "maskless" rally and dinner held at her restaurant to protest mandatory face mask restrictions during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Windermere, Florida, U.S. July 11, 2020. REUTERS/Octavio Jones

(Reuters) - Florida reported on Thursday the largest one-day increase in deaths from the novel coronavirus since the pandemic began and its second-largest increase in cases ever.

Florida announced 13,965 new cases on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases in the state and the center of the latest outbreak to over 315,775, according to the state health department.

Florida’s COVID deaths rose by 156 to a total of 4,782, surpassing its previous one-day record of 133 new deaths on July 12.

Hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19 was the highest ever reported at 8,626 currently hospitalized, up 321 in the past 24 hours, according to a state agency.

Writing by Lisa Shumaker, Editing by Franklin Paul

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