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Just over half of Florida’s 2.8 million public school students now face mandates to wear masks in classrooms as a courtroom battle continues over efforts by Gov. Ron DeSantis to leave such decisions up to parents.

A majority of school board members in Orange County told the superintendent on Tuesday to require most students to wear masks, and agreed with her recommendation to keep the mandate through Oct. 30.


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Millions of students in Florida, Texas and Arizona are now required to wear masks in class as school boards in mostly Democratic areas have defied their Republican governors and made face coverings mandatory.

The three states are all hot spots in the nation’s recent COVID-19 surge, and defiant boards in Miami, Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and other urban areas argue that requiring masks protects students, teachers and staff from contracting and ...


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A federal judge granted Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd’s (NYSE: NCLH) request to temporarily block a Florida law that prohibits companies from requiring customers and employees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination status.

In a nearly 60-page preliminary ruling issued Sunday night, US District Judge Kathleen Williams in the Southern District of Florida said that the state has failed to “provide a valid, evidentiary, factual or legal predicate” for banning vaccination proof.


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Daily new COVID-19 cases have climbed to a six-month high in the United States, with more than 100,000 infections reported nationwide as the Delta variant ravaged Florida and other states with lower vaccination rates.

The seven-day average of new reported cases reached nearly 95,000, a five-fold increase in less than a month, Reuters data through Wednesday showed.


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Norwegian Cruise Line heads to federal court on Friday in a battle that pits the company's plan for returning to the seas against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis's vow to oppose COVID-19 "vaccine passports."

The court battle comes as big business and some government entities are responding to the rapid spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus with vaccination requirements, prompting legal challenges from vaccine skeptics and civil libertarians.


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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday downplayed a spike in COVID-19 cases that’s shattered state hospitalization records and strongly reiterated his vow not to impose a mask mandate or any business restrictions.

With the much more contagious delta variant now spreading exponentially, Florida hit 11,515 hospitalized patients Tuesday, breaking last year’s record for the third straight day and up from just 1,000 in mid-June.


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Hospital admissions of coronavirus patients continue to soar in Florida with at least two areas in the state surpassing the previous peaks of last summer’s surge, prompting calls by local officials for the governor to declare an emergency.

A large hospital system in Jacksonville said its hospitals were at maximum capacity, its emergency centers also at a critical point as the state grappled with the new and more infectious delta variant of the COVID-19 virus.


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Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd (NYSE: NCLH) is fighting a Florida state law that prevents businesses from requiring customers and employees to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

In a complaint filed Tuesday against Florida surgeon general Scott A. Rivkees, the Miami-based cruise line asked the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida to throw out the state’s ban and grant the cruise line a preliminary injunction that would enable it to confirm vaccination status when it resumes sailing next month.


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The latest suspect detained in the search for the masterminds and assassins in the killing of President Jovenel Moïse is a Haitian man in his 60s living in Florida who claims to be a medical doctor and has accused the leaders of his homeland of corruption.

Police identified the man on Sunday night as Christian Emmanuel Sanon and said Moïse’s alleged killers were protecting him.


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A federal judge denied a request from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to keep its COVID-19-related public health measures for cruises in effective in Florida past July 18.

US District Judge Steven Merryday of the Middle District of Florida originally ruled against the CDC last month, issuing a preliminary injunction that will turn the agency’s conditional sailing order into non-binding recommendations on July 18.