IMAGE: The Miami beaches have been deserted just two weeks after they filled up with Spring Breakers
Throwing in the towel: Miami beaches are deserted just two weeks after they filled up with Spring Breakers – amid fears the city could be the next corona virus hotspot
- The beaches and streets of Miami are virtually deserted amid fears that the city could be the next corona virus hot spot
- Miami now accounts for more than half of Florida’s COVID-19 cases – with a growing number in recent days
- Governor Ron DeSantis has ordered a ‘safer home’ order for the city’s provinces, with residents to stay inside except to get food and medicine
- Miami now resembles a ghost town – a striking contrast to two weeks ago when Spring Break was busy partying beaches, bars and clubs
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Shocking aerial photographs show that Miami’s usually crowded beaches are deserted amid the corona virus crisis.
The creepy footage was captured on Saturday, more than a week after Florida governor Ron DeSanits closed the popular swimming spots when vacationers ignored warnings to stay within and social distance.
Just days before DeSantis issued the order, thousands of students were spotted on the sand during Spring Break, sparking international outrage.
Now there are fears that Miami could become the country’s next hot spot – with an explosion of cases over the past week.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 58% of the 6,638 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida come from the three counties that make up the Miami metropolitan area.
On Monday, DeSantis issued a “ safer home ” order for those counties – Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade – that required residents to stay in their hometown, except when they had to get food or medicine.
DeSantis expects the order to remain until at least April 15.
Shocking aerial photographs show that Miami’s usually crowded beaches are deserted amid the corona virus crisis. The beach is pictured two weeks ago on the left and Saturday on the right
The beaches of Miami can be seen on the left two weeks ago and on the right on Saturday
The creepy footage was captured on Saturday, more than a week after Florida governor Ron DeSanits closed the beach after vacationers ignored warnings to stay within and social distance
Less than two weeks ago, beachgoers caused international outrage after ignoring official recommendations and continuing to flock to the beach. South Beach will be torn down on March 16
DeSantis closed the beaches last week, and the fear of coronavirus has kept partygoers away from the coast
Students are photographed during a storm on South Beach on March 17 – despite recommendations from the CDC to practice social distance and stay indoors
Partygoers were depicted dancing, drinking and vaping as they thronged into the shallows of South Beach
Therefore, not only the city’s beaches are now deserted – with once busy streets and boulevards also deserted.
Photos taken on Saturdays show the city resembling a ghost town, with hardly a soul in sight.
Spring weekends in downtown Miami are usually packed with tourists and locals, but on Saturday nights there were only empty highways and shuttered shops in the city.
Residents seem eager to avoid grim predictions that they might follow in New York City’s footsteps – with tens of thousands of COVID-19 cases and four-digit deaths.
Researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics say the state of Florida may be more than a month away from reaching its coronavirus peak.
The academics created a model that shows when the number of deaths and the use of hospital aids is estimated to reach their height from coast to coast.
Florida is not expected to reach its darkest point until May 3, with the state expected to report 174 deaths that day – and more than 6,700 by August 4.
On Tuesday afternoon, the US had nearly 182,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 3,600 people had died.
It’s not just the city’s beaches that are now deserted – with once busy streets and boardwalks deserted too
Photos taken on Saturday show the city resembling a ghost town, without a soul in sight
Spring weekends in downtown Miami are usually packed with tourists and locals, but there were only empty highways and shuttered shops in town on Saturday nights
The Miami metropolitan areas currently account for more than half of all COVID-19 cases in the state of Florida
Residents seem eager to avoid grim predictions they could follow in New York City’s footsteps – without tens of thousands of COVID-19 cases and four-digit deaths rising
Downtown Miami appears virtually deserted on Saturday night