As the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic that has left thousands dead and hospitals overwhelmed, residents of Miami Beach took advantage of sunny skies and warm weather to jet ski and get tans on yachts.
Some of South Florida’s well-heeled citizens decided to flout stay-at-home orders issued by local governments and take to the waters off the Star Island neighborhood of Miami Beach where they water paddled, fished, and even drank Corona beer.
Several other Miamians in bikinis and tights decided to take advantage of the balmy 80-degree weather to get in some exercise on Sunday.
The images from South Florida make it seem as if there were no national emergency over the mounting toll caused by the spread of the coronavirus.
Florida state officials on Sunday reported an increase in the number of confirmed cases.
Miami Beach residents enjoyed a leisurely day on Sunday as temperatures soared to 80 degrees with barely a cloud in the sky
Despite a stay-at-home order issued by local governments throughout South Florida, residents of Miami Beach were out and about on Sunday
No social distancing for us! These two young women enjoy a nice chat aboard a yacht near Miami Beach's Star Island neighborhood on Sunday
In total, 4,077 Floridians tested positive for coronavirus. The state has also confirmed positive test cases for an additional 169 non-residents.
As of Sunday, 56 people have died in the state - a mortality rate of 1.32 per cent.
Most of those cases have been reported in Miami-Dade County, where 1,192 residents were confirmed to have been infected with the virus.
On Sunday alone, 208 coronavirus cases were reported statewdie. Of those, 71 were from Miami-Dade. The state’s death toll did not change on Sunday.
Broward County has a reported 828 cases of coronavirus. Of those 100 are in hospital being treated.
Palm Beach has reported 333 cases total as of Sunday while Monroe County reported 22 cases.
Earlier on Sunday, it was learned that two medical professionals in Florida died after being infected with coronavirus.
Another local water paddles near yachts in the Miami Beach section of Florida on Sunday
Several locals sail aboard a boat in the waters of Biscayne Bay near Miami Beach on Sunday
The image above shows a man taking two young children on a jet ski near Miami Beach on Sunday
Two women sunbathe aboard a yacht off the waters of Miami's Intracoastal on Sunday
These Floridians enjoy a gathering aboard a boat despite recommendations by the government to avoid people during the coronavirus pandemic
These two Floridians peak at their smartphones while taking in some sun in the Miami Beach section of Florida on Sunday
Two locals sit back and relax in the blazing Florida sun on Sunday while the nation grapples with the coronavirus pandemic
A local decides to go for a pleasant bike ride in the Miami Beach section of Florida on Sunday
A group of Floridians took their boat into Biscayne Bay on Sunday on what was a warm day with clear, sunny skies
Local county and city governments have urged residents of South Florida to stay at home so as to slow the spread of the coronavirus
The Intracoastal near the Star Island section of Miami Beach is considered one of the wealthiest areas in the country
Miami intensive care unit nurse Araceli Buendia Ilagan, 63, passed away on Saturday to complications of the virus, Jackson Memorial Hospital confirmed.
Her death comes four days after the passing of Dr. Alex Hsu, 67, who had worked at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Florida, and died due to complications of COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Hsu and Ilagan are two of three health care workers who died this past week after being infected with coronavirus.
On Tuesday, New York City nurse Kious Kelly, 48, passed away after his hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital West, suffered a shortage of medical protective equipment that forced some nurses to wear trash bags.
Their tragic deaths serve as a somber reminder of the dire risks doctors and nurses face in working with coronavirus patients as hospitals report shortages of equipment, testing kits, and health care workers.
Nationwide there are over 123,000 cases of coronavirus and over 2,000 deaths.
Medical experts warn the contagious COVID-19 will continue to spread across the country as Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's foremost infection disease expert, predicts the US could see between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths.
Some houses on Star Island cost as much as tens of millions of dollars and residents are known to keep boats and yachts
The waters off Miami Beach appear inviting to these residents who sailed on their boats and yachts on Sunday
The state of Florida has avoided imposing the same strict closures and lockdowns that other hard-hit states like New York, California, Ohio, New Jersey, Washington, and others have put in place
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis instead has chosen to let local county and municipal governments impose their own regulations
This boat owner tied a floating device to the back of his vessel while young kids enjoy themselves in the water
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A young woman jet skis in Biscayne Bay on Sunday as South Floridians enjoy fun in the sun
Several county governments in South Florida including Miami-Dade and Broward have imposed curfews