According to a CNN report on the 18th, the epidemic situation in Florida is serious, and the state government has repeatedly restricted local epidemic prevention measures. Public health experts said in an interview that the wrong behaviors of excluding health experts who make reasonable advice and putting politics above life have made the epidemic worse.
As of the 18th local time, Florida has more than 1.2 million confirmed cases, accounting for about 5% of the state’s population. The previous day, the number of new confirmed cases in Florida reached 13,148 in a single day, the highest since July this year. Florida health department employees said they were instructed in late September not to focus on the COVID-19 epidemic when public information was disseminated, so much information about the epidemic could not be shared with the public. In response, Irene Marty, a professor of infectious diseases at Florida International University, said that this invisibly amplified the spread of the epidemic.
Irene Marty, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Florida International University: Because there is insufficient information popularization, people do not pay attention to behavior, which accelerates the spread of the virus and eventually leads to more deaths.
In addition, Florida Governor DeSantis also imposed restrictions on local governments in implementing epidemic prevention measures such as wearing masks and restricting store operations.
Florida Governor DeSantis: If someone wants to close the store, I will stand up to stop it.
Hernández, mayor of the state’s Hyalea, told reporters that he had previously called for the governor to improve his flexibility in the response to the epidemic, but he had not received a response for months, and now he has chosen to give up.