Michigan, under the leadership of Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, topped the U.S. daily tally of new coronavirus cases this week despite standing as a blue state with a mask mandate firmly in place.
The state reported a record number of new cases on Monday, 11,082. The figure bests its last daily peak, 10,140, which it hit months ago on November 20. The state has reported roughly 780,000 cumulative cases of the virus since the start of the pandemic.
“Michigan is currently the worst affected U.S. state in terms of new cases and hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the week to April 5,” Reuters reported, adding that Michigan stands as the only state to report over 7,000 new cases on Monday.
Meanwhile, red states, such as Florida, continue to report fewer new cases of the virus despite fully lifting business restrictions and having no mask mandate in place.