Defying concerns about the rapid spread of the coronavirus, vacationers in Florida have crowded a popular beach in the central part of the state, gathering in large numbers even as authorities have warned that such behavior risks amplifying the disease to a considerable degree.
Photographs show hundreds of beachgoers swimming in the water and laying in the sand. Local media have reported that municipal authorities may vote to close the beaches on Thursday as a public health measure.
? Multiple other localities such as Miami Beach and Fort Lauderdale have already announced beach closings. Florida has confirmed nearly 200 coronavirus cases and three deaths as of Tuesday afternoon.