Welcome to today’s edition of the Florida Coronavirus Watch Newsletter. Let’s get you up to speed with the latest news of the day from the USA TODAY Network — Florida.
- New cases: : 2,811
- New deaths of Florida residents: 44 (36,271 total)
- New hospitalizations: 210 (93,598 total)
- Total cases: 2,299,596
- Total vaccinations: 7,728,153
- Daily percentage positivity rate: 4.16%
- As always, you can access more of the latest updates in Florida here.
Here’s what’s happening around the state
- Big travel news: The European Union on Wednesday announced plans to reopen its borders to fully vaccinated visitors, as well as to a list of countries considered safe, with the United States expected to make the cut.
- Royal Caribbean VP optimistic about return to sailing: Florida Today reported a top Royal Caribbean official says he is optimistic in recent days about a return to sailing from Port Canaveral and other cruise ports, following a shutdown of U.S. cruise operations since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s the full story, for subscribers.
- ‘Unprecedented and unlawful’: A major Florida real-estate group is challenging a federal moratorium on evicting renters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit contends that the CDC overstepped its legal authority in imposing the moratorium, which is scheduled to expire June 30.
- Another lawsuit: A North Florida farmer is challenging a COVID-19 financial aid program for minority farmers that became law this year, saying it’s unconstitutional because it freezes out struggling white farmers.
Some things to smile about
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