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Florida coronavirus death toll nears 400

MIAMI -- Forty eight more people died in Florida from COVID-19, the single biggest jump in deaths since the outbreak began, state health officials announced Thursday night.

The new deaths brought the state's death toll to 371, a 15% jump since Wednesday evening, while the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida rose to nearly 17,000.

All told, Florida recorded 1,128 more confirmed cases on Thursday.

More than half of the 48 new deaths were in South Florida: 16 were in Miami-Dade, seven were in Broward and six were in Palm Beach County.

Eight other deaths were recorded in Baker, Duval, Hillsborough, Manatee and Volusia counties. Information on the 11 other new deaths has not yet been released.

 

Of the total confirmed cases statewide, 16,323 are Florida residents and 503 are non-residents who were diagnosed or isolated in the state.

--Miami Herald

Starting next week, Americans can give IRS direct deposit information to get stimulus check faster

WASHINGTON -- As soon as next week, Americans will be able to provide the Internal Revenue Service with direct deposit information so they can receive their stimulus checks of up to $1,200, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told House Democrats in a call Wednesday evening.

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