Florida governor issues statewide stay-at-home order after criticism

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed a stay-at-home order for the state’s 21 million residents after facing weeks of criticism for holding off on drastic statewide measures to slow the spread of coronavirus.

DeSantis previously had ordered residents of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Monroe counties to stay at home, but made the policy statewide after a telephone call with President Trump, who warned Tuesday that up to 240,000 Americans could die from the novel virus.

Trump had been pushing for most businesses to reopen in mid-April, but now has extended national social distancing to fight the pandemic.

“That’s a national pause button,” DeSantis said. Florida has about 7,000 coronavirus cases.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), whose state has around 5,000 cases, also announced a stay-at-home order.

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