MIAMI - For the first time since 1957, the city of Miami hasn't had a single murder in 7 weeks thanks in part to the coronavirus lockdown.
The Miami Herald reports that the city did not have a homicide from Feb. 17 to April 12, which would make a total of 7 weeks and 6 days.
According to the paper, in 1957, the city went 7 weeks, 3 days without a reported murder.
It's important to note that about half of the new period was before the coronavirus restrictions were in place.
“It started in mid-February, well before anyone was locked down,” said Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina in an interview from home, where he is recuperating from COVID-19. “Why? Honestly, I don’t know. I’m just grateful it continues to go down the way it has.”
A statewide 'stay-at-home' order was issued by Governor Ron DeSantis to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. The order is expected to expire on April 30 unless he extends it.