Florida is the third state to reach one million cases of coronavirus

After 8,847 new cases were added on Tuesday, the state Department of Health said 1,008,166 cases and 18,679 deaths were registered in the state. The only states to report more than a million cases are Texas and California.

The formidable milestone came a day after Governor Ron DeSantis held his first 26-day press conference, doubling the schools ’spring opening hours for personal education.

“Closing schools because of the coronavirus is the biggest blunder in modern American history,” DeSantis said, adding that the vast majority of Florida parents chose their children for brick-walled schools.

He also scoffed at issues related to mask mandates, claiming that similar policies had not stopped the waves in other states.

“I’m against the orders, point. I don’t think they work,” he said.

Texas will be the first U.S. state with more than 1 million Covid-19 infections

DeSantis last week extended an unjustified ban on municipalities imposing fines for epidemic-related mandates such as face masks or restrictions on restaurant capacity.

Local governments in hot spots can work with the governor’s office to maintain some mandates, DeSantis said.

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava appeared on Twitter after the governor extended the executive order.

“Bipartisan governors across the country are placing mask orders as one of the best tools we need to fight # COVID19. It is deeply frustrating that @GovRonDeSantis continues to block local action and make it difficult for local leaders to keep our community safe,” he said. Cava. .

The executive decree was made in September when DeSantis took the state back to Phase 3, which freed up restaurants and bars to operate at 100% capacity.

In the week before the reopening, Florida reported more than 17,000 new cases. In the week before Nov. 23, the state registered more than 53,000 – that is, three times more Florida tests were positive this week than the week before the reopening.

DeSantis released a video message last week in which it shared “promising news” about therapies and vaccinations, but did not address the increase in the number of cases in its state.

CNN’s Rosa Flores, Denise Royal, Kay Jones, Melissa Alonso, Amanda Watts and Jamiel Lynch contributed to the report.