The Associated Press Published: 16 July 2020
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida announced a single-day record of 156 deaths from the coronavirus.
In this Wednesday, July 1, 2020 file photo, a woman holds a placard to protest against Coronavirus trials in Africa, outside the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Politicians and public health leaders have publicly committed to equitably sharing any coronavirus vaccine that works, but the top global initiative to make it happen may allow rich countries to reinforce their own stockpiles while making fewer doses available for poor ones. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)
The state Department of Health reported 13,965 new coronavirus cases in Florida, bringing the total throughout the pandemic to nearly 316,000.
The 156 deaths statewide eclipsed the previous record set Tuesday of 132 deaths.
The U.S. Department of Labor also reported a surge in first-time filings for unemployment benefits in Florida. In the week ending July 11, there were 129,408 new filings, an increase of more than 62,000 from the previous week.
Ricardo Rivera, left, has his hair cut by Anthony Acosta while Braunson McDonald has his hair cut by Luis Lopez, right, owner of Orange County Barbers Parlor, Wednesday, July 15, 2020, in Huntington Beach, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom this week ordered that indoor businesses like salons, barber shops, restaurants, movie theaters, museums and others close due to the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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