Disney World parks in Orlando, Florida have reopened nearly four months after its closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic in US.
Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopened Saturday, while Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reopen on July 15, NBC reported.
“The Most Magical Place on Earth” is open for business again even as Florida continues to rack up near-record numbers of infections.
US has reported 11,433 new coronavirus cases on Friday, its biggest daily increase since July 3, when 11,458 cases were recorded. Florida’s health department reported 435 more hospitalizations — the state’s largest single-day increase.
On Saturday, Florida reported an additional 421 new hospitalizations as well as 10,360 new cases of the deadly infection, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 254,511. The statewide COVID-19 death toll has surpassed 4,200.
Deaths from COVID-19 are rising again, according to the data from Johns Hopkins University the three-day daily average has increased to more than 600 fatalities.
The rate of positive coronavirus tests is rapidly increasing in the states of Arizona, California, Texas, and Florida especially, it could portend worse to come in the weeks ahead.
Florida has seen COVID-19 deaths jump 35% over the last week, while in Texas the death rate climb by 106%. California has also seen a major increase in fatalities, reporting 29% more this week than last, as per CNBC’s analysis.
The US Centers for Disease Control has projected as many as 160,000 could be dead from COVID-19 by the end of July.
At least 133,901 people have died in the US from COVID-19 so far.
The US has now recorded a total of 3,242,073 infections, according to the Johns Hopkins database on coronavirus.