Florida Governor Orders Residents to Stay Home to Avoid Coronavirus

02 Avril, 2020, 00:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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"I'm going to be doing an executive order today directing all Floridians to limit movements and personal interactions outside the home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities", the governor said at a press conference.

Well, Florida's governor saw it - nearly 7,000 coronavirus cases in the state by Wednesday morning - and still waited.

DeSantis' decision was made after he consulted with President Donald Trump by phone in the morning. However, once the White House extended national guidelines of social distancing to April 30, DeSantis started to realize the necessity of a statewide order. Previously, the governor said he thought it was inappropriate to issue a statewide mandate because some pockets of the state had not yet reported any cases of the virus.

"I think that's a signal from the president: this is what we're going to be fighting for a month", DeSantis said.

"Even though there's a lot of places in Florida that have very low infection rates, it makes sense to make this move now", he said.

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DeSantis went on to urge Floridians not to leave their houses except for "essential activities" as described by the Department of Homeland Security. That means, first and foremost, ensuring that medical personnel, indeed, anyone in the vicinity of sick or potentially contagious people, throughout the state has the protective gear that they need to stay safe themselves, while protecting others.

With this order, Florida is joining more than 30 other states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico in ordering a lockdown.

Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration and an advocate for stay-at-home orders, said the Florida governor's announcement would "hopefully reduce spread of COVID-19 in the state".

Until now, Florida remained the holdout among states hit hard by the coronavirus in not ordering residents to stay at home. At least 85 people had died in connection with the disease.

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