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Florida health officials report 7K uptick in COVID-19 cases

December 27, 2020 GMT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida ticked upward by 7,000, health officials reported Sunday.

The new cases reported Sunday brought the state’s tally to more than 1.25 million since the outbreak began earlier this year.

More than 21,200 Floridians have now died from COVID-19 — with more than 70 new deaths added to the death toll on Sunday.

The number of people tested for COVID-19 was considerably lower over the past two days, and it remains to be seen whether or not gatherings over the Christmas weekend will spike the state’s number of infections — as the was the case following the Thanksgiving holiday.

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More than 171,000 people were tested for the virus on Friday and Saturday — dramatically lower than the 343,000 who were tested in the two days before.

More than 6,300 people were in the hospital Sunday because of the virus, according to state Department of Health data.