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This U.S. city is now the COVID-19 epicenter

Where is the coronavirus now? A Florida city become new epicenter

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A member of the Florida National Guard directs vehicles at a COVID-19 testing site at the Miami Beach Convention Center during the coronavirus pandemic, Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic.

A member of the Florida National Guard directs vehicles at a COVID-19 testing site at the Miami Beach Convention Center during the coronavirus pandemic, Sunday, July 12, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. Florida on Sunday reported the largest single-day increase in positive coronavirus cases in any one state since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Miami has now become the epicenter of the novel coronavirus pandemic, an infection disease expert said, according to CNN.

“What we were seeing in Wuhan — six months ago, five months ago — now we are there,” said Lilian Abbo, who works with the Jackson Health System, according to CNN.

Wuhan became the epicenter of the coronavirus before it went into lockdown in late January. The disease has since spread throughout the world, forcing national lockdowns, business closures and thousands of deaths.

In March, New York City became the epicenter of the outbreak. In June, about 100 days after it was the epicenter, the city began to reopen, per The Washington Post.

Now, Miami has become the epicenter since it has seen more than 2,000 hospitalized patients and hundreds sent to intensive care units over the last few weeks, CNN reports.

Miami-Dade County has seen 64,000 infections so far. In the last two weeks, the county has seen rises in hospitalizations, ICU bed usage and ventilators used.

Florida has seen a spike, too. Florida reported 132 new deaths and 9,100 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, according to WESH. This is the biggest single day spike in deaths for Florida since the pandemic began.

In total, 48 Florida hospitals — eight of which are in Miami-Dade County — reached ICU capacity, according to CNN.

“We need your help as media communicators to help the community understand that we’re just not repeating the same thing over and over just to give you trouble, we really need your help,” Abbo said