Florida surpassed 1.5 million confirmed cases of COVID-19, when approximately 15,000 new cases were identified on Tuesday, according to the state Department of Health.
Overall, Sunshine State appears third in the country for most COVID-19 cases reported so far, with California and Texas, the two most populous states, being first and second, respectively.
In addition, there are 156 new COVID-19 deaths in Florida, resulting in a total of 23,227 coronavirus-related deaths.
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Against the background of sobering news, there are flashes of hope, as public health officials note that as of Tuesday, more than 648,000 people in the state have been vaccinated against COVID-1