COVID-19 pushes hospitals toward capacity in several states

Miami-area restaurants ordered closed again as hospitalizations balloon
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Restaurant workers Alvyn Lopez, left, and Maria Lindo watch for customers as they stand outside Aura at Books & Books today on Miami Beach, Florida's famed Lincoln Road. (Associated Press photo.)

MIAMI (AP) — Hospitals are fast approaching capacity a number of states, and the Miami area again ordered restaurants closed as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations began to climb.

In Miami-Dade County, which has a population of 2.7 million, Mayor Carlos Gimenez ordered the closing of restaurants and certain other indoor places, including vacation rentals, seven weeks after they were allowed to reopen.

The dour news comes as the U.S. emerged from a Fourth of July weekend of picnics, pool parties and beach outings that health officials fear could fuel the rapidly worsening outbreak.

The see-saw effect of eased restrictions and then increases in cases is seeing a number of states reverse course and start to clamp down.

Miami beaches are expected to be allowed to reopen on Tuesday after being closed over the weekend.