US hits record daily case rise three days running

US hits record daily case rise three days running
Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Johns Hopkins University data shows the US reported a third straight daily record for new coronavirus cases on Friday.

In the last 24 hours, more than 127,000 infections were reported in the country, as well as 1,149 deaths.

The news of record daily cases comes as officials announced that President Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows had also tested positive for the virus.

He is the latest White House official to contract the disease.

The US is the worst affected country in the world by Covid-19, with nearly 8 million confirmed cases and a death toll of more than 230,000.

It was not immediately clear how Mr Meadows was infected. He has often appeared at public events without a face mask.

Mr Meadows first tested positive on Wednesday, according to the New York Times. Nick Trainer, Trump election campaign adviser, also has the virus, the paper said.

Mr Meadows travelled with Mr Trump on the final days of campaigning and was at an election night party attended by dozens of Trump supporters at the White House.

The coronavirus outbreak in the US was a key policy battleground in the run-up to the 3 November election, and contributed to a surge in postal and early in-person voting.

Mr Meadows said in an interview with CNN in In late October that the US was “not going to control the pandemic,” saying that Covid-19 could only be defeated by “mitigation areas” like vaccines and therapeutics.

President Trump, First Lady Melania and their son Barron all contracted and recovered from Covid-19 – as did national security adviser Robert O’Brien, senior advisor Stephen Miller and White House counsellor Hope Hicks.

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