Still having a ball: Spring Breakers ignore coronavirus warnings to play volleyball and…

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News Story Source:, By RALPH R. ORTEGA
Spring Breakers ignored coronavirus warnings to play volleyball and enjoy the beach in Clearwater, Florida, Friday, as city officials moved to shut down access by Monday.

Fun-seeking sun worshipers ignored social-distancing warnings and were jammed on the sand in defiance in the city, where business owners dependent on local tourism had pleaded with local officials to not close the beach.

Officials were hard-pressed to act with other Florida beaches closing and the escalating impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected thousands around the world.

More than 19,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in the US and at least 260 are known to have died from the infection. 

So far, there have been 563 confirmed cases in Florida and 11 known deaths from the infection.

The state's total includes 510 Florida residents and 53 non-Florida residents, according to figures released by the Florida Department of Health.

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