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January 27, 2022
Florida is now reporting the lowest number of coronavirus cases per capita in the nation despite criticisms Ron DeSantis has faced over loose COVID-19 protocols.
The state reported a daily average of 1,393 cases as of Friday. The daily case average of 1,393, which is six cases per 100,000, reflects a two percent decrease over the last two weeks.
Gov. DeSantis has faced harsh criticism from the media since the onset of the pandemic for his opposition to government-imposed mask and vaccine mandates. A Democratic politician in 2020 accused DeSantis of going on a “killing spree” for being opposed to mask mandates; a Vanity Fair headline from September referred to the governor as an “angel of death.”
While Florida is reporting the lowest amount of new cases per capita in the nation, cases are surging in several states, even those with strict lockdown orders.
In Michigan, where some of the most controversial restrictions in the country were imposed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the state leads the nation in daily COVID cases per capita. New York is currently reporting a daily average of 6,666 cases, which is equivalent to 34 per 100,000 residents.
About the low case rate, DeSantis Press Secretary Christina Pushaw told Fox News Digital, “It just shows once again the success of Governor DeSantis’s science based and data based policies.”
She continued, “He’s always made decisions based on the data and that continued even during the Delta surge this summer what he realized would help was not mask mandates in school or lockdowns but provide treatment that actually works.”
DeSantis recently signed four bills into law to restrict vaccine mandates among other things.
ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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