Coronavirus Update: WHO announces largest case increase, states all opening, tests damaged

Today is Thursday, May 21, and the World Health Organization reported the highest increase in COVID-19 cases in a single day on Wednesday, according to CNN. The brunt of the cases reported came from the United States, Russia, Brazil and India. The CDC reports 1.5 million cases in the U.S. alone.

The Florida Division of Emergency Management confirmed on Wednesday that 1,702 coronavirus test samples that have been administered in May were damaged in transit. Individuals whose samples were damaged will be contacted to be retested.

The Miami-Dade County Commission approved a resolution on Monday by Commissioner Esteban Bovo to temporarily prohibit rent increases in developments funded by the County’s affordable housing programs. Commissioner Bovo said he introduced this legislation to protect the vulnerable after learning about a proposed rent bump in one of the developments.

The county commission also approved outdoor seating for restaurants that are choosing to reopen. Eating outside will be permitted with restrictions and social distancing guidelines in place.

Miami-Dade is in the “yellow flag phase” of its reopening plan, meaning a limited start for several non-essential businesses according to the color identification system published on the Miami-Dade website. The nightly curfew and stay-at-home order have also been lifted for the City of Miami as of Wednesday.

Local 7 News reported that municipalities such as Miami Beach and Miami Gardens would be joining in reopening nonessential businesses on Wednesday. Businesses opening with restrictions include retailers, barbershops and salons.

Mayor Francis Suarez answered questions about phase one of the reopening for a Q&A hosted by CBS4 Miami.

Multimedia story of the day: A survey conducted by the Pew Research Center suggests that Americans who are depending on the White House for news of the pandemic tend to focus more on the economic impact and are more likely to believe journalists are exaggerating the risks of the virus.  

Beatriz is a broadcast media major at Florida International University and is the managing editor for South Florida Media Network. She aspires to become a documentarian.

Andrea Igliozzi is a journalist originally from Caracas, Venezuela. From politics to arts, she has a passion for telling well-founded stories through video and multimedia platforms. She is qualified in front and behind the cameras.