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Florida Grapples With COVID-19’s Deadliest Phase Yet

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Wayne Bright, funeral director at Wilson Funeral Home poses for a photo in a viewing room before a service Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. Bright has seen grief piled upon grief during the latest COVID-19 surge as Florida is in the grip of its deadliest wave since the pandemic began, a disaster driven by the highly contagious delta variant. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

(AP) — Florida is in the grip of its deadliest wave of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, a disaster driven by the highly contagious delta variant.

While Florida’s vaccination rate is slightly higher than the national average, the Sunshine State has an outsize population of elderly people, who are especially vulnerable to the virus. It also has a vibrant party scene. And it has a Republican governor who has taken a hard line against mask requirements, vaccine passports and business shutdowns.

 

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