The Florida governor was harassed at a press conference in Miami, stressing that the coronavirus pandemic was under control.
When Ron DeSantis began to speak, a young man started to harass him and shouted, "People are dying and you are doing nothing!"
The Heckler continued: “They falsify information and mislead the public.
"More than 4,000 people have died and you blame the demonstrators and you do nothing! Shame on you! & # 39;
DeSantis continued talking about the Heckler when he was removed from the room.
Ron DeSantis was harassed at a press conference in Miami on Monday afternoon
The Heckler was led out of the room and shouted: "Shame on you!"
Thomas Kennedy bragged about bothering Governor DeSantis and posted the video online
United We Dream activist Kennedy released the footage of himself molesting DeSantis
Heckler Thomas Kennedy bragged about the incident on Twitter.
Kennedy is an activist at United We Dream, a youth organization with a migration background.
DeSantis, a former Republican naval officer and prosecutor, has come under fire due to Florida's skyrocketing number of coronavirus cases.
DeSantis, a strong ally of Donald Trump, wholeheartedly endorsed the President's urge to reopen quickly.
On Monday, the Florida Department of Health reported the second highest number of test results in a day, with 12,624 positive test results and 35 deaths reported to the state in the past 24 hours.
Florida confirmed more new cases on Monday than all of Europe combined.
Almost half of the intensive care units in Florida were at least 90 percent full on Thursday and more than one in five, according to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration.
"Miami is now the epicenter of the pandemic," said Lilian Abbo, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Miami health system.
"What we saw in Wuhan six months ago, we're here now."
Florida surpassed its previous record number of coronavirus cases on Sunday and reported more than 15,000 new positive tests (far right; data for Monday not yet displayed).
Despite the sharp rise in coronavirus cases in Florida, the number of daily deaths has continued to decline
Republican mayor of Miami-Dade County, Carlos Gimenez, confirmed Monday that there were 2,000 people in the hospital. 400 in intensive care units; and 200 fans.
He said the positivity rate for COVID testing in his region is now over 25 percent.
Gimenez has imposed a 10pm curfew "to try to lower the rate," he said.
"We don't want to overload Miami Dade hospitals," he said.
“We have to stick to the rules, please. We can lower the level of infection. It is up to us to lower the level, protect each other and protect the economy.
"If we don't, we have to take additional measures and reset part of the opening we had."
Despite the record-breaking surge in falls, Florida's beaches were crowded last weekend
Miami Beach was full on Sunday and huge crowds came to the sandy beaches
The recent positive rate for the entire state was 11.5 percent, a decrease from almost 20 percent last week.
There are now a total of 282,435 confirmed cases in Florida, with 4,277 COVID-19-related deaths, the State Department of Health said.
The state had a new high death toll last week, but its daily deaths are still far lower than in New York when it was the epicenter of the pandemic.
Despite this somewhat encouraging shift, the United States remains the most affected country in the world, with more than 3.3 million coronavirus cases and more than 135,000 deaths.
Hospitals in Miami-Dade County are now approaching capacity as the coronavirus threatens to flood the healthcare system.
In Florida, supplies of remdesivir, the only antiviral drug that has been shown to help coronavirus patients recover faster, are dwindling. Some state hospitals do not have effective treatments for their patients.
Last week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo offered to send the medication to Florida for a day.
The small shipment was enough to treat 280 patients and act as a Florida emergency on Saturday, while the state was waiting for the federal government to deliver remdesivir.
DeSantis said that he personally secured the new supply of Trump's antiviral after he vehemently denied that the state needed support from New York.
DeSantis insisted on Monday that there was still sufficient hospital capacity available nationwide
Cars are waiting in line as drivers wait to be tested for COVID-19 in Miami Beach on Sunday
On Saturday, 144,000 people were tested, he said.
"The entire United States was unlikely to have performed 144,000 tests in March," he said.
On Monday afternoon, he said that about 85 percent of the people tested had negative results.
"We think we've stabilized – we think we're going in the right direction," he said.
"As you have seen more cases, the mortality rate has also decreased.
"Right now it's about 1.5 percent – that's a fraction of the national average, around 4 percent, and in some states it's 5-6 percent."
DeSantis said the test labs were "secured" with a seven-day delay in processing tests. He said they would increase testing capacity.
But he said there were many beds available in the state hospitals.
He said 100 out of 1,000 mobilized hospitals had been instructed to work in Miami-Dade hospitals. Another 1,000 are mobilized.
"Personnel is number one I've heard from our medical professionals, so we deliver."
Carlos Migoya, CEO and President of Jackson Health System, said his employees are under intense pressure.
"We are starting our fifth month with COVID patients and that makes it very, very difficult for all of our employees – especially the healthcare workers who deal with it every day," he said.
& # 39; We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of patients.
Two to three weeks ago there were around 200 in intensive care units. Now it is 400. & # 39;
He said they would cope with the additional demand by reducing the number of non-essential operations.
Florida's Republican leadership – the governor and mayor of Miami-Dade – has been sharply criticized by the state's democrats for not doing enough.
"I hope the governor and the mayor come to their senses and work with all of us to act quickly," said Miami-Dade Democratic MP Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, whom Gimenez wants to challenge as a Republican candidate in Florida's 26th congressional district .
"At best, we have a hole in our state and federal leadership," said Senator Oscar Braynon of the democratic state.
"A coordinated effort between federal, state and local leaders would have prevented us from breaking the COVID case record yesterday."
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