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Concerns Over Upcoming ‘Superspreader' Events in South Florida as Cases Spike

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Mass gatherings. One happened last weekend at the Rolling Loud Music Festival and more are scheduled. 

Miami city leaders were urging as many people as possible to fill Bayfront Park Saturday for an event calling for freedom for Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela.

"They were beat up," Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo said. "Hundreds sent to jail and they even took COVID on. I say to you, I think that we can surely go out there for them and also take on COVID."

Before Saturday's big concert, there is baseball at Loan Depot Park, where the Marlins host the New York Yankees, starting Friday and through the weekend.

Police are expecting some 30,000 people at each game.

COVID is spiking in Florida. Cases soared by more than 110,000 this week according the the latest report from the state's department of health.

Masks are now required indoors at Miami-Dade County facilities for everyone regardless of their vaccination status, and Broward reinstated its indoor mask mandate for county-owned buildings.

"Hopefully people will start to exercise good judgment even though they are fatigued," Miami Beach Dan Mayor Gelber said, "and even though they are probably rightfully angry that a lot of this is because a bunch of people just decided they did not want to get vaccinated to the detriment of themselves, and of course others."

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