Florida reports more than 8,000 new cases of COVID-19

December 20, 2020 GMT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida reported 8,401 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Sunday, and an additional 97 death attributed to the disease, according to statistics released by the Department of Health.

That brings the state’s total to nearly 1.2 million cases and almost 21,000 deaths. There were 5,235 people hospitalized with COVID-19, up from 5,100 the day before.

Florida has a population of nearly 22 million people. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has said the state will not enforce a mask mandate, nor restrict capacity at bars and restaurants.