The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, announced Monday that he declared the southern state in a state of sanitary emergency, where so far there have been two deaths from the coronavirus.
The measure aims to facilitate purchases of products to combat the disease and hire staff for the same purpose outside the state.
“The general message in terms of what we are seeing is that this is a virus that for the vast majority of the population will not mean serious health complications,” said DeSantis, to add that older people and those who have Serious health problems are those that are most at risk of negative consequences and even death.
The announcement was made at a press conference in Tallahassee, the state capital, where today the House of Representatives of the state Congress suspended its sessions without prior notice because five lawmakers decided to have the tests to determine if they have been exposed to the coronavirus.
According to the spokesman for the chamber, José Oliva, the five legislators and some of their assistants attended a meeting ten days ago in Washington where there was a person who subsequently tested positive for the disease when he was tested.
The five legislators, Anthony Sabatini, Thad Altman, Kionne McGhee, Byron Donalds and Cord Byrd, all Republicans, except the third, who is a Democrat, along with his assistants, agreed to take the tests and remain isolated until the results are known.
None of them show symptoms of COVID-19 and none have been in direct contact with the person who tested positive, Oliva said.
The Florida Department of Health on Monday rectified a recommendation that it had previously made in which all residents in the state who had traveled abroad were asked to remain in isolation for 14 days.
Then it was specified that only those who had returned from high-risk countries were the ones who should take that measure.
Health authorities banned a second Princess Cruises cruise ship from docking at Everglades Harbor in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, until it is determined that two crew members are free of coronaviruses, local media reported.
The ship is making a cruise on the Panama, Costa Rica and Caribbean canal since March 1, which is scheduled to end on Wednesday in Port Everglades, where it sailed.
Two of the crew on board worked before on cruises where there was a case of coronavirus, which is why they must undergo tests to detect if they are infected by the requirement of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States. .
On Sunday, another ship from the same company, the Regal Princess, could not dock at Port Everglades until two crewmen who could have been exposed to the coronaviurs were tested.
Twelve people have tested positive for coronavirus tests in Florida and there are five other Floridians diagnosed in other states, in addition to a Californian diagnosed here, who remains in isolation, according to the Department of Health.
The World Health Organization (WHO) said there have been 109,578 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the world, of which 3,994 correspond to the last 24 hours.
In the case of the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 420 confirmed cases and 19 deaths.