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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Florida has exceeded 74,000 resident deaths from COVID-19, while newly reported cases steadily climb, according to data released Friday by the state Department of Health.

The data showed that 74,060 residents had died as of a Thursday count.

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That was up from 73,830 reported two weeks earlier.

Because of lags in reporting, it is not clear when the additional deaths occurred.

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The new data also showed that 32,981 new COVID-19 cases were reported from April 29 to Thursday, continuing a gradual increase.

That was up from 26,534 cases the previous week.

Reported new cases were as low as 8,040 during the week of March 11 to March 17.

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