SPIKE SHATTERS TRUMP’S ‘ROUNDING THE CORNER’ BOAST ON COVID CASES
A record surge of coronavirus cases in the United States pushed hospitals closer to the brink of capacity and drove the number of infections reported to an ominous new daily world record of 100,000, four days before the US presidential election, Lisa Shumaker and David Morgan reported for Reuters.
The US also documented its 9 millionth case to date on October 30, representing nearly 3% of the population, with almost 229,000 dead since the outbreak of the pandemic early this year, according to a Reuters tally of publicly reported data.
With the country facing the final stretch of a tumultuous presidential campaign dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, US health authorities also confirmed that 100,233 more people had tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours. The tally set a new single-day record in US cases for the fifth time in the past 10 days, surpassing the previous peak of 91,248 new infections posted a day earlier.
It also represented the world’s highest national daily toll during the pandemic, exceeding India’s 24-hour record of 97,894 set in September. The accelerating pace of U.S. infections continued as data trickled in on Friday, with at least a dozen states individually reporting a record number of new daily cases. Serious cases of COVID-19 were on the rise as well, as hospitals in six states reported having the most patients suffering from the disease since the pandemic started. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients has risen over 50% in October to 46,000, the highest since mid-August.