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Miami, under coronavirus stay-at-home order, went 7 weeks

Brittany Jordan

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For the first time in 63 years, the city of Miami – under coronavirus stay-at-home orders – has gone seven weeks without a murder, police said Saturday.  

Statistics cited released by the Miami Police Department show the city did not report a homicide between February 17 and April 12.

SOBEWFF Founder Lee Brian Schrager handle boxes of cookies the during the "Putting on the Pounds (LBS) Bake Sale" Benefiting Restaurant Relief Fund in Partnership with Night Owl Cookies, hosted at Lee's house in Coral Gables as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues on Sunday, April 26, 2020. 

SOBEWFF Founder Lee Brian Schrager handle boxes of cookies the during the “Putting on the Pounds (LBS) Bake Sale” Benefiting Restaurant Relief Fund in Partnership with Night Owl Cookies, hosted at Lee’s house in Coral Gables as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues on Sunday, April 26, 2020. 
(Miami Herald via AP)

The seven-week streak ended on April 12, however, when someone was killed, WTSP reported.

Though lockdown measures have played a role in the decline, the trend started in mid-February, before social distancing was put in place to curb the spread of the virus, according to Chief Jorge Colina.

The restrictions have reportedly led to a drop in other crimes in the area as well.

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Still, the official statistics may not be showing the full story. Colina told the New York Times that the statistics don’t account for unreported domestic violence and child abuse.

Meanwhile, the large Miami-Dade County has seen an uptick in homicides. The Miami Herald reported last Thursday a 33 percent increase in homicides in unincorporated Miami-Dade since mid-March.

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As of Monday, Miami-Dade County has confirmed at least 10,926 coronavirus cases, with some 287 deaths.

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Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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