Florida State Governor Ron DeSantis has abandoned the partial restrictions scheme to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and dictated this Thursday the mandatory quarantine for all the inhabitants in this east territory of the United States, as reported by the agency AP.
The measure will take effect at midnight this Thursday and early Friday morning, and will last 30 days.
Until now only four counties in Florida had been ordered to establish a mandatory quarantine, which means that its inhabitants cannot abandon their cases except to get food or medicine. They were Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe.
But now Governor DeSantis has decided to extend the measure to the entire state, a day after President Donald Trump extended for another 30 days the national recommendations to maintain social distancing to stop the coronavirus pandemic.
“It makes sense to take this step now,” DeSantis said at a press conference. “The pandemic does not respect global borders and it certainly will not do so with state limits. We cannot wait, we cannot leave the decision to a county or municipal government, ”he explained.
DeSantis, a member of the Republican party, had been reluctant for several weeks to implement a statewide quarantine, and in recent days was receiving strong pressure from Democratic lawmakers to do so.
At the moment, 33 of the 50 states in the United States have established mandatory quarantines throughout their territories, including New York, California and Illinois. With Florida’s move, Texas is the last large population state to resist.
According to the count made by Johns Hopkins University, the United States has registered at the moment 199,092 positive cases of coronavirus, more than any other country in the world, with a total of 4,361 deaths, a figure only surpassed by Italy and Spain.
Thus, the country has become the new epicenter of the global pandemic, with high growth rates among those infected who have tested the health system.