Miami-Dade declares state of emergency amid coronavirus, suspends all major events

imageFlorida’s most populous county – which includes part of Miami – declared a state of emergency Wednesday night and canceled all major public events hours after seeing its first death from the novel coronavirus.

Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a statement Thursday he was taking “preemptive steps” to limit the possible spread of the virus, also known as COVID-19.

“Although we do not have community spread at this time, we want to take the preemptive steps to keep it that way,” Gimenez said in a statement on his website.” “Therefore, I have decided to suspend the operation of the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair, the Miami Open tennis tournament, the MIA 5K run, and all major events at the American Airlines Arena.”

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