Portable morgues are sent to Florida after record-breaking average of 212 daily deaths and 21,534 cases this week push hospitals and crematoriums to breaking point

Portable morgues have been sent to 14 hospital systems in Central Florida as hospitals and crematoriums hit capacity due to a surge in Covid cases linked to the highly-contagious Delta variant.

During a Covid-19 update on Thursday Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said: ‘The Florida Hospital Association is reporting over 16,700 people are currently hospitalized in the state of Florida. The Hospital Association also reports that this number is nearly two thirds higher than the previous peak of hospitalizations in July of 2020.

‘Thirty six per cent of all patients and hospitals have the coronavirus. In addition, 55 per cent of those in the ICUs, or intensive care units, have the disease.’

In the past seven days there have been an average of 21,534 new cases and 212 reported deaths, compared to 15,818 infections and 58 fatalities this time last month, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

Despite the inflated number of infections and hospitalizations Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued executive orders banning mask mandates and vaccine passports for certain businesses.

Only 53.8 per cent of Florida’s population is fully vaccinated.

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Source: Daily Mail