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Florida bans bar alcohol consumption as coronavirus spikes

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida has banned alcohol consumption at its bars as the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases nears 9,000.

The number is a new record that is almost double the previous mark set just two days ago.

The Florida agency that governs bars announced the ban Friday on Twitter just minutes after the Department of Health reported more than 8,900 new confirmed cases, topping the previous record of 5,500 set Wednesday. State officials have attributed much of the new outbreak to young adults flocking to bars after they reopened.

On Friday night, Miami-Dade County's mayor announced he would sign an executive order closing beaches in the county over the Fourth of July weekend.

Associated Press

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