Florida Gov. DeSantis rules out mask mandates, shutdowns despite COVID surge Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is pledging that he will not shut down businesses in the Sunshine state or impose mask mandates, predicting that the surge of coronavirus cases is a seasonal outbreak R… Report: Florida Doctors Think Ron DeSantis Is a National EmbarrassmentThe medical community thinks the governor, who claims everything is fine despite the state being the biggest COVID-19 hot spot in the country, is a clown. Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surgeORLANDO, Fla. – Florida’s newfound status as the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. has thrust the state into crisis mode as officials battle over the best way to curb the outbreak. Charlie Crist calls on DeSantis to require Florida state employees to be vaccinatedRep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.), a former Florida governor who’s running to lead the state once again, is calling on Gov. Florida doctors are ‘angry and ashamed’ at governor Ron DeSantis as state becomes national Covid epicenterThe governor has vowed not to institute further lockdowns or mask mandates. US warning against travel to Israel, Spain, Portugal amid virus outbreaksThe Biden administration is warning Americans against traveling to several European countries and Israel, among others, as the delta variant of the coronavirus continues to surge. Covid-19 global updates: U.S. warns against travel to Israel, Portugal and Spain as delta fuels outbreaksThe warnings came as the White House said it had no plans to lift broad restrictions on visitors from Britain, Europe’s Schengen region and other nations. Louisiana GOP Rep. Clay Higgins says he has COVID for second time"This episode is far more challenging," he wrote in a post describing COVID as a "biological attack weaponized virus."