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Virus threat: Florida governor declares state of emergency


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Swift-moving developments over the new coronavirus ricocheted across Florida's Capitol as Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Monday and lawmakers disrupted their legislative session so crews in surgical gowns could swab down the House chambers.

Facing a growing public health crisis, DeSantis declared the state of emergency to better marshal resources and get outside help to combat the virus strain that has killed two people in his state.

At a news conference at the state Capitol, the governor appealed for calm and common-sense precautions. He specific...

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