US sees record high daily Covid numbers as election nears

US sees record-high daily Covid numbers as election nears
This is the third time this month that the daily death toll in the US has surpassed 1,000. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The US saw a record high of 91,000 new coronavirus cases reported on Thursday, with dozens of states are facing spikes just days before the presidential election.

Over 1,000 Americans died with the virus in the same day, as the national death toll and number of patients in hospital continue to trend upward.

In the US, Over nine million total cases have been reported, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.

The contest between Joe Biden and Donald Trump comes to a head on Tuesday. But the record high infections put many in tense.

This is the third time this month that the daily death toll in the US has surpassed 1,000, according to Reuters.

Twenty-one states are experiencing Covid-19 outbreaks, with some of the most severe in the states that will be key in deciding the 2020 election.

Wisconsin, one of the battleground states, hospitals in Green Bay warned that President Trump’s Friday rally there could make the outbreak worse.

A joint statement from several hospitals said: “It is more important now than ever to avoid large crowds, especially here in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where we are seeing some of the most rapid spread of Covid-19 in the United States.”

Mr Trump tweeted on Friday, ahead of his scheduled rallies: “More Testing equals more Cases. We have best testing. Deaths WAY DOWN.”

At recent Trump rallies, attendees have been given masks and screened. The events have also been held outdoors due to the coronavirus pandemic. But there has not been social distancing, and some of the President’s supporters continue to avoid masks.

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