California and Florida have reported similar case numbers and death rates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Fox News.
Gov. Gavin Newsom made California one of the harshest states in the U.S. regarding restrictions and lockdowns.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis locked down early on in the pandemic but removed statewide lockdowns.
Johns Hopkins University shows California has reported nearly 3.5 million COVID-19 cases in total, while Florida has reported more than 1.82 million.
Florida’s population is a little more than half that of California’s.
According to Johns Hopkins University, California’s total number of COVID-19 cases as a percentage of the population is about 8.8%, while Florida’s is about 8.3%. Out of all of the people in California who have gotten COVID-19, about 1.35% have died, while in Florida, it’s about 1.57%.
In the last seven days, Florida reported 322 cases with 7.4 deaths per million people.
California reported 231 cases and 10.5 deaths per million people.
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In California, Newsom is facing the prospect of a recall election, brought on by outrage over the economic and social impact of his response to the pandemic. Over the weekend, organizers of the recall campaign said they had collected more than 1.5 million signatures needed to qualify for a ballot. Committees behind the recall hope to gather well beyond the required 1.5 million to ensure it qualifies ahead of the March 17 deadline.