The deaths have been heaviest in South Florida, where three counties have totaled 120 fatalities.
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TALLAHASSEE — The coronavirus death toll in Florida has now reached 218 people and total cases have topped 12,000, according to statistics released by the state Department of Health on Sunday morning.
The deaths have been heaviest in South Florida, where three counties have totaled 120 fatalities. That includes the death of Sgt. Jose Diaz Ayala of the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Saturday and Deputy Shannon Bennett of the Broward Sheriff's Office on Friday.
Palm Beach County has had 49 deaths, followed by Broward County with 40 and Miami-Dade with 31.
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Meanwhile, a Princess Cruises ship that docked in Miami on Saturday with coronavirus victims, including two fatalities, was still trying to disembark passengers. The Coral Princess had 1,020 passengers and 878 crew members.
Buses waited out the cruise terminal Sunday to take passengers showing no signs of the illness to the airport. The cruise line said Saturday that the process would take several days. Passengers and crew who showed symptoms or were recovering from the disease were to remain on board until medically cleared.
Princess Cruises didn't immediately respond to an email and a phone message on Sunday.
The state's famous beaches remained under restrictions. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a stay at home order last week, but it allows exercise such as walking, running and swimming.
In Volusia County, home to Daytona Beach, officials initially closed beaches entirely, but decided Saturday to allow some activity consistent with the governor's order. Sunbathing and sitting in chairs is prohibited, but fishing, surfing, walking, running and other physical activity are allowed if social distancing is practiced.
Associated Press writer Curt Anderson in St. Petersburg contributed to this story.