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Florida Reports Record Covid Infections as Weekly Cases Rise 12%

  • Governor faces legal challenges on mask mandates for schools
  • More than 1,000 deaths in a week reported in official data
A healthcare worker administers a Covid-19 swab test at a testing site at Tropical Park in Miami, Florida, on Aug. 6.
A healthcare worker administers a Covid-19 swab test at a testing site at Tropical Park in Miami, Florida, on Aug. 6.Photographer: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg

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Florida’s weekly Covid-19 cases rose to a record, with confirmed infections increasing 12% to 151,415 for the seven days through Thursday as Governor Ron DeSantis stakes his claim against mask mandates.