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Florida, Georgia Record Record Coronavirus Deaths as U.S. Colleges Delay Fall Sports Season

HeadlineAug 12, 2020

Florida and Georgia have reported their highest daily death tolls since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, as the U.S. recorded nearly 1,300 new deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday. Texas and California reported near-record rates of infections, and Wisconsin passed the 1,000-death mark.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 college athletic conferences each voted to postpone their fall sports seasons, including football games — a multibillion-dollar industry and major source of revenue to universities. President Trump lashed out against the moves, telling Fox Sports Radio in an interview it would be a “tragic mistake” to cancel football in the fall.

Meanwhile, in southwestern Georgia, a second prisoner at the Stewart Detention Center, a for-profit immigration jail, has died of COVID-19. The 70-year-old Costa Rican national, whose name hasn’t been released, is the third asylum seeker to die in ICE custody in the last week alone.

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