Miami is now the coronavirus epicenter as cases surge, one expert says

Miami is now the coronavirus epicenter as cases surge, one expert says

“With more than 2,000 patients hospitalized and hundreds in ICUs, “Miami is now the epicenter of the pandemic,” one infectious disease expert said Monday, comparing the South Florida metropolitan area to the city where the pandemic originated.

“What we were seeing in Wuhan — six months ago, five months ago — now we are there,” Lilian Abbo, with the Jackson Health System said during a press conference hosted by the Miami-Dade County mayor.

“The Chinese city of Wuhan, the original epicenter of the coronavirus crisis, went into a 76-day lockdown in late January after a deadly outbreak infected and killed thousands. The first known cases of the virus were first detected in the city in December.

“By mid-April, officials reported more than 50,000 infections. Miami-Dade County has recorded more than 64,000 infections so far, according to state data.

“In the past 13 days, Miami-Dade County has seen staggering increases in the number of COVID-19 patients being hospitalized (68%), in the number of ICU beds being used (69%) and in the use of ventilators (109%), according to the latest data released by Miami-Dade County Government…”

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