Miami goes 7 weeks without a murder for first time since 1957

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Empty chairs sit on the beach, Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI (CNN) — For the first time since 1957, the city of Miami went at least seven weeks without a single murder.

The city did not report a homicide from Feb. 17 to April 12.

The Miami Police Department released the statistics this week.

While ‘stay at home’ orders are playing a role, the police chief says the trend started in mid-February before social distancing was put in place.

Miami police say other crimes have also decreased in the area.

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