As Coronavirus Rages In Florida, Gov. Ron DeSantis Melts Down Over Ice Cream

As Florida battles a surge in coronavirus instances and a report variety of COVID-19 hospitalizations, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is getting caught up in a meals battle. 

On Tuesday, DeSantis added British model conglomerate Unilever to the state’s checklist of “scrutinized companies” as a result of one in every of its divisions, Ben & Jerry’s, introduced final month that it will cease ice cream gross sales in Israeli-occupied West Bank and contested east Jerusalem. The move might finally prohibit Florida from having investments in Unilever or any contracts with the corporate and its subsidiaries if it doesn’t reverse course in 90 days.

In a information launch, DeSantis mentioned he needed to discourage “woke corporations” and ship a message “that we will defend our strong relationship with the Jewish State.”

On Tuesday, Florida reported 11,515 individuals hospitalized with the coronavirus, a pandemic report, together with some 2,400 in ICUs, per the Orlando Sentinel. And consultants don’t see any aid within the speedy future. 

“Short term and long term, the cases are going to explode,” Edwin Michael, a professor of epidemiology on the University of South Florida in Tampa, informed The New York Times. “We are predicting that the cases will be peaking the first week of September.”

Michael mentioned that with no slowdown in instances, the state may exceed hospital mattress capability by early subsequent month. 

But as instances proceed to climb, DeSantis has prioritized his tradition struggle with Ben & Jerry’s.

“I will not stand idly by as woke corporate ideologues seek to boycott and divest from our ally, Israel,” DeSantis acknowledged.

DeSantis has been much more passive in terms of stopping the unfold of the coronavirus. Last week, he signed an government order to chop funding to highschool districts that require face coverings. As courses put together to renew within the midst of the most recent wave of the pandemic, each the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics have advisable common masks indoors and in faculties. 

DeSantis can be preventing in court docket to stop COVID-19 vaccine necessities on cruise ships.


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