Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump May Move GOP Convention Due To North Carolina’s COVID-19 Rules
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Florida Reports Largest Number Of New Cases Since Mid-April — 6/3/20, 1:45 p.m. ET
Florida recorded 1,317 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the state’s highest daily total of newly confirmed cases since April 17, the Florida Department of Health said. The state has now reported more than 58,000 cases and at least 2,500 deaths.
Florida was one of the earliest and largest states to ease coronavirus restrictions. Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, allowed the statewide stay-at-home order to expire on May 4. Miami-Dade County has the highest number of cases within the state, with more than 18,000 as of Wednesday.
At least 17 states, including California, North Carolina and Texas, have seen growth in newly reported cases over the last 14 days, in part because they’ve expanded their testing capability, The New York Times reported.
— Hayley Miller
Trump Threatens To Move Republican Convention If He Can’t Have Rally Despite Coronavirus Concerns — 6/3/20, 11:11 a.m. ET
President Donald Trump may move a planned speech for the 2020 Republican National Convention in North Carolina to a new state because coronavirus rules implemented by the state would mean Trump wouldn’t get to host a large rally.
“The night the president accepts the nomination will not happen in Charlotte,” an RNC official told CNN Wednesday.
The possible change-up has to do with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s refusal to pre-authorize a gathering of more than 19,000 people. Trump said last week that he was “forced” to find a new state to give his speech, one that presumably would allow him to host a large rally despite concerns about the deadly pandemic.
— Sebastian Murdock