Florida coronavirus update for Friday: State deaths at 668; cases pass 23,000; global death toll massively underreported

As both President Trump and Florida’s governor ramped up talk of reopening the economy, Ron DeSantis revealed that only 4 percent of the state’s 850,000 unemployment applications have been processed since the coronavirus crisis began. Meanwhile, China acknowledged Friday that the death toll for the outbreak epicenter of Wuhan was at least 50% higher than previously reported.

Nationwide, there are over 671,000 cases and over 33,000 deaths. Worldwide, the official count is over 2.1 million cases and more than 146,000 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University & Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center.

China’s major revision that highlights just how seriously current numbers on infections and deaths around the globe may be understating the true toll of the pandemic. Incomplete or unreliable figures about the pandemic take on an oversized influence during times of crisis, as medical staff struggle to figure out how to cope with surges of sick people and governments have to make crucial decisions about when and how they can begin easing lockdown restrictions to resuscitate their ailing economies.

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