Miami Spring Break parties can lead to a spike in coronavirus cases

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Miami Spring Break parties could spike coronavirus cases and cause variants to become more dangerous as they evolve and spread, health experts say

  • Modeling suggests there will be a ‘bump’ in the curve for cases in the state
  • Health experts are aware that more travelers and partygoers could be vaccinated, but are concerned that the B.1.1.7 coronavirus could quickly become the dominant strain in Florida.
  • From Thursday to Monday March 29, there was a curfew from 8 p.m. in the entertainment center

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Spring breakers continue to flock to Miami Beach this weekend, despite warnings on them and pandemic weary travelers could cause a spike in COVID-19 cases, according to health experts.

As of Saturday night, more than 30.2 million people in the US have tested positive for the virus and more than 548,800 have died since the outbreak of the pandemic.

According to the Florida Department of Health, there are currently more than 2 million positive cases in Florida, with more than 33,700 fatalities.

Modeling suggests there will be a ‘bump’ in the curve for cases in the state, Dr. David Andrews explained USA TodayAndrews is an associate professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and vice president for pathology laboratories at Jackson Health System.

Modeling suggests there will be a 'bump' in the curve for cases in the state due to the influx of partygoers

Modeling suggests there will be a ‘bump’ in the curve for cases in the state due to the influx of partygoers

Miami Beach police are escorting people from Ocean Drive because a curfew is in effect on March 27 in Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach police are escorting people from Ocean Drive because a curfew is in effect on March 27 in Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach police are escorting people from Ocean Drive because a curfew is in effect on March 27 in Miami Beach, Florida

“Everyone is concerned, and the University of Miami epidemiologists have predicted that there will be a surge from that activity after spring break,” he said. “They predict a bump in the coming weeks.”

Health experts are aware that more travelers and partygoers could be vaccinated, but express concern that the B.1.1.7 coronavirus could soon become the dominant strain in Florida.

Andrew added that the variant, first identified in the UK, accounts for about 50 percent of the positive cases sampled at Jackson Health. The variant’s dominance could outpace the rate of vaccinations.

March 27, 2021: Springbreakers and revelers enjoy the bars and restaurants along Ocean Drive on Miami Beach before the 8:00 PM curfew in the Miami Beach entertainment district

March 27, 2021: Springbreakers and revelers enjoy the bars and restaurants along Ocean Drive on Miami Beach before the 8:00 PM curfew in the Miami Beach entertainment district

March 27, 2021: Springbreakers and revelers enjoy the bars and restaurants along Ocean Drive on Miami Beach before the 8:00 PM curfew in the Miami Beach entertainment district

People enjoy spring break festivities prior to a 8pm curfew imposed by the local authorities

People enjoy spring break festivities prior to a 8pm curfew imposed by the local authorities

People enjoy spring break festivities prior to a 8pm curfew imposed by the local authorities

Health experts are aware that more travelers and partygoers could be vaccinated, but are concerned that the B.1.1.7 coronavirus could quickly become the dominant strain in Florida.

Health experts are aware that more travelers and partygoers could be vaccinated, but are concerned that the B.1.1.7 coronavirus could quickly become the dominant strain in Florida.

Health experts are aware that more travelers and partygoers could be vaccinated, but are concerned that the B.1.1.7 coronavirus could quickly become the dominant strain in Florida.

A woman is led away from the activities while the police try to enforce curfew

A woman is led away from the activities while the police try to enforce curfew

A woman is led away from the activities while the police try to enforce curfew

From Thursday to Monday March 29, there was a curfew from 8 p.m. in the entertainment center

From Thursday to Monday March 29, there was a curfew from 8 p.m. in the entertainment center

From Thursday to Monday March 29 there was a curfew from 8 p.m. in the entertainment center

A couple dance with each other while other partygoers watch spring break activities on Miami Beach as police try to enforce a curfew

A couple dance with each other while other partygoers watch spring break activities on Miami Beach as police try to enforce a curfew

A couple dance with each other while other partygoers watch spring break activities on Miami Beach as police try to enforce a curfew

People dance on Ocean Drive while curfews are in effect in Miami Beach, Florida, on March 27

People dance on Ocean Drive while curfews are in effect in Miami Beach, Florida, on March 27

People dance on Ocean Drive while curfews are in effect in Miami Beach, Florida, on March 27

“What we’re seeing is an extension of the British variety into Miami-Dade County,” he said.

If the variant spreads more, it could cause it to evolve and become more dangerous, Andrews added.

Experts are also paying attention to the B.1.526 variant that spread after it showed up in New York in late November.

A huge crowd gathers on Ocean Drive as health experts warn the spring breakers could cause a bump in coronavirus cases

A huge crowd gathers on Ocean Drive as health experts warn the spring breakers could cause a bump in coronavirus cases

A huge crowd gathers on Ocean Drive as health experts warn the spring breakers could cause a bump in coronavirus cases

According to the Florida Department of Health, there are currently more than 2 million positive cases in Florida, with more than 33,700 fatalities

According to the Florida Department of Health, there are currently more than 2 million positive cases in Florida, with more than 33,700 fatalities

According to the Florida Department of Health, there are currently more than 2 million positive cases in Florida, with more than 33,700 fatalities

To combat the spread of maskless crowds in Miami, a 8:00 pm curfew was enacted at the entertainment district from Thursday through Monday, March 29.

Road closures lasted from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., Miami-Dade Transportation & Public Works shared on Twitter.

The MacArthur, Venetian and Julia Tuttle Causeway were partially closed, with the agency sharing that there could be delays on Metrobus routes until March 29.

Spring breakers and revelers enjoy the bars and restaurants along Ocean Drive on Miami Beach

Spring breakers and revelers enjoy the bars and restaurants along Ocean Drive on Miami Beach

Spring breakers and revelers enjoy the bars and restaurants along Ocean Drive on Miami Beach

Women dance in the streets of Ocean Drive while enjoying the festivities on Miami Beach

Women dance in the streets of Ocean Drive while enjoying the festivities on Miami Beach

Women dance in the streets of Ocean Drive while enjoying the festivities on Miami Beach

Many attendees did not seem to wear masks during the party

Many attendees did not seem to wear masks during the party

Many attendees did not seem to wear masks during the party

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