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With election looming, U.S. faces record surge of coronavirus cases

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By Lisa Shumaker and David Morgan

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 on Friday to an ominous new daily world record of 100,000, four days before the U.S. presidential election.

The United States also documented its 9 millionth case to date on Friday, 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, U.S. health authorities on Friday also confirmed that 100,233 more people had tested positive for COVID-19 over the past 24 hours.

Friday's tally set a new single-day record in U.S. 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.

Among the hard-hit states are those most hotly contested in the campaign between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, such as Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

More than 1,000 people died of the virus on Thursday, the third time the daily death toll had exceeded that number this month, and the pace of fatalities is expected to continue rising. COVID claimed at least 926 more deaths on Friday.

The University of Washington's newly updated model projects the death toll, which had been holding at a monthly pace of just over 22,000 for most of October, will start climbing next month toward a new record of more than 72,000 in January.

The January projection by the university's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation would eclipse the nearly 61,000 fatalities in April when the pandemic first exploded in the United States and overwhelmed hospitals in New York City.

"Our hospitals cannot keep up with Utah's infection rate. You deserve to understand the dire situation we face," Utah Governor Gary Herbert said on Twitter, echoing officials in other states and public health experts.

Ashish Jha, dean of the Brown University School of Public Health in Providence, Rhode Island, said the country lacks adequate testing as the infections erupt in different parts of the country.

"We are having some of the largest outbreaks that we've had during the entire pandemic," Jha told Reuters in an interview."And nine, 10 months into this pandemic, we are still largely not quite prepared,"

The pandemic remains a political football across the country, including in El Paso, Texas, where the mayor refused to comply with an order by the county's top executive to shut down non-essential businesses, as infections rise and hospital capacity is stretched.

Mayor Dee Margo, noting that he had already reduced the capacity at which businesses may operate, cited 32,000 jobless people and 148,000 relying on food banks in his city of 700,000.

"Struggling families should not have to choose between following rules and putting food on the table,” he said at a press conference.

The county executive, Judge Ricardo Samaniego, said in a statement that he was pursuing legal options to enforce his two-week shutdown order.

Trump has repeatedly played down the virus, saying for weeks that the country is "rounding the turn," even as new cases and hospitalizations soared. He maintained his upbeat tone in a tweet on Friday, saying the country was doing much better than Europe had in confronting the pandemic.

Biden and fellow Democrats in Congress have criticized the president for his handling of the health crisis.

In the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrats released a report on Friday condemning the Trump administration's pandemic response as being "among the worst failures of leadership in American history." At least 6 million Americans have been thrust into poverty and millions more are jobless, it said.

The 71-page interim report by Democratic staff of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis also said investigators identified more than 60 instances in which Trump administration officials overruled or sidelined top scientists to advance the president's political interests.

"The administration's response to this economic crisis has benefited larger companies and wealthy Americans, while leaving behind many disadvantaged communities and struggling small businesses," the report said.

After his hospitalization with COVID-19 in early October, Trump resumed the large campaign rallies that draw thousands of supporters packed together, many not wearing masks. The Trump campaign says the rallies are safe and that masks and social distancing are encouraged.

A CNN investigation found that 14 out of 17 counties surveyed showed an increased rate of new COVID-19 cases one month after hosting Trump rallies.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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" ...... (Trump) saying the country was doing much better than Europe had in confronting the pandemic."

What makes him, the all-know-better-con-man, think so? Maybe he should finally and for good consult with his scientists!

1.000 deaths in one country in one day ..... c'mon, man, explain this not just to me but to the American people.

And don't tell us that it's gonna disappear! Don't use those "U-turn" explanations, heard enough of that!

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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 on Friday to an ominous new daily world record of 100,000, four days before the U.S. presidential election.

Just yesterday the headline here was that Japan had recorded its 100,000th case total since the pandemic began. The US is now adding that many in a day.

Very glad to be in Japan right now.

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hold on thought the US was rounding the corner in the pandemic!?

you know record infections are fine when you have herd mentality

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Unbelievable and certainly unacceptable that there are 9 million cases and more than 250,000 deaths.

Trump claimed the country has turned the corner.

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man this is beyond ridiculous, some would prefer to die from recalcitrant pride than admit their approach to this pandemic is wrong and dangerous. her immunity herd mentality herd stupidity call it what you want,

it all results in more dead

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It’s going away.

When the weather gets warmer it will disappear.

We have it totally under control.

Hydroxy, what have you got to lose? Take it.

We’re looking into shining light into the body.

Perhaps we could do like a cleansing of the lungs with bleach.

Covid deaths are over counted.

Doctors are falsifying death certificates to get more money.

I’m immune.

You get better (unless you die of course...)

It affects almost no one.

We’re rounding the corner.

Honestly any one of these statements is disqualifying when running for re-election. Taken collectively, they constitute an accurate depiction of Trump as a narcissistic sociopath and a pathological liar to boot.

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Can’t round the corner when the driver is round the bend.

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Trump mentions "the virus from China" but at the same time doesn't want to contemplate the possibilities of an intentional release as it would make the country a victim of his Trade War with China.

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end of July:

"More than 4.5 million people in the U.S. have now tested positive for the coronavirus, according to data compiled by NBC News, with 153,250 related deaths."

Yet now double that and how many deaths?

isnt this direct proof of how much better we are doing?

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3 million cases was 130,00 deaths.

So 3 times as many cases now and how many deaths?

Seems New York stopping to put old people with COVID in nursing homes has had a yuuuuge impact.

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projections were 300,000 deaths by Dec 1 and 410,000 deaths by end of the year.

So something that is being done is working as the death rate is obviously slowing considerably.

We wont hear much more about "cases" after the election is over.

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So something that is being done is working as the death rate is obviously slowing considerably.

Yeah. So what is it then? Any guesses or just going back to blaming Cuomo?

I’d give you a few hints but I reckon you can figure it all out by yourself.

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i have shown each 3 million case segment and how each time the death rate has decreased.

despite reopening and gathering together in large crowds for sports, church, Trump rallies, motorcycle rallies and even BLM looting/riots.

only 3 percent of the population has had a case. Compared with more than 20 percent who got H1N1 during Biden time.

if Biden were to become President I wonder what day the media will start counting cases he is responsible for?

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Argentina has been in lockdown for 200 days+.

Higher death percentage than USA.

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Trump has cancelled his election campaign party which was to be held in his Washington hotel, probably with costs to the government but either he didn't get enough takers or Washington DC has a 50 person limit on event. He will now hold it in the WH.

Millions are contacting the virus, hundreds of thousands have died. The healthcare workers have been working their butts off since day one. Many of those have also died.

But Trump declares the doctors are making money out of the Covid-19. Shame on him.

Doctors who also saved his life when he so called or suppose to have had the virus. I'm doubtful on that.

Like the Mexican wall, Trump also said China is going to pay for the pandemic? Did the Mexican check arrive? Trump wants to abolish the ACA, but has nothing to put in its place.

40 million people can not afford healthcare, 27 million before the pandemic.

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Biden has promised, if he becomes president and when it becomes available, he will make free vaccines for everyone.

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As if Biden or the Democrats can do better. Their solution is more lockdowns and NO ONE wants that and they want a vaccine not the one that is being developed under this Trump, the Dems and Kamala said they don’t trust it, but they want us to trust their vaccine.

But yeah, that’s the world we live in now, liberal contradictions.

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Yet another plagiarized Biden “plan” that Trump already did.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-administration-releases-plan-to-ensure-coronavirus-vaccines-are-free-11603918945

Biden has promised, if he becomes president and when it becomes available, he will make free vaccines for everyone.

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There are no Trump/republican vaccines, nor are there any democrat vaccines. Pharma companies, scientists, universities across the globe are working flat out to find one. Probably won't be available until next year.

The Covid-19 is also mutating into other forms.

Highest virus spikes are in republican states and cities.

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they want a vaccine not the one that is being developed under this Trump, the Dems and Kamala said they don’t trust it, but they want us to trust their vaccine.

There are no Dem or Republican vaccines, vaccines don’t have political views. I believe Biden or Harris have said they don’t trust what Trump says about a vaccine, not that they don’t trust the vaccine itself. Given that Trump thinks injecting sunlight into people might be an effective treatment, among many other things, I think their skepticism about anything he says about a medical treatment is well founded.

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only 3 percent of the population has had a case. Compared with more than 20 percent who got H1N1 during Biden time.

Oh ffs, now you are making a fool of yourself.

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“such as Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.“

isn’t Biden supposedly winning all 5 of these supposed “Republican states”? That would be odd if so. Who runs these 5 states as governor?

Highest virus spikes are in republican states and cities.

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The swine flu is estimated to have killed 12,000 in the U.S., far fewer than the more than 200,000 who have died of Covid-19 to date.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/live-blog/2020-10-22-trump-biden-election-n1244210/ncrd1244402#blogHeader

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“From April 12, 2009, to April 10, 2010, the virus infected more than 60 million people in the U.S., according to estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

so whet are you disputing exactly?

Oh ffs, now you are making a fool of yourself.

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Their solution is more lockdowns and NO ONE wants that 

You’ve been told again and again and again that there is no evidence of a coming lockdown and that NOBODY wants this.

Man, will you listen?!

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Politico: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he would do "whatever it takes" to combat the spread of coronavirus within the country — including locking down the U.S. if deemed necessary.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/08/21/joe-biden-lockdown-us-coronavirus-400126

we are listening- to Biden.

Man, will you listen?!

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Highest virus spikes are in republican states and cities.

And the fastest recovery time, and less hospitalization.

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You’ve been told again and again and again that there is no evidence of a coming lockdown and that NOBODY wants this.

No one believes that. Because he said, he would listen to the science and he said, if the scientists suggested more lockdowns, he would.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/joe-biden-is-the-shutdown-candidate-11602111426

https://nypost.com/2020/10/19/biden-has-absolutely-nothing-to-add-when-it-comes-to-fighting-covid-19/

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No one believes that

That’s quite a poll you’ve conducted there.

I thought you didn’t trust polls or the NYPost or WSJ but oh wait, you’ve given links to both. Nice!

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I thought you didn’t trust polls or the NYPost or WSJ

No, but doesn’t mean I can’t post an alternative point of view.

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Looks like Trump's similarly hair-challenged good buddy and mate is going to re-lockdown Britain....

National lockdown next week: Boris bows to scientists and is set to order new restrictions 'closing all but essential shops and schools from Wednesday until December 1' as experts warn deaths could hit 4,000 A DAY

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8898985/Boris-Johnson-announce-national-coronavirus-lockdown-WEEK-save-Christmas.html

What does he know that Trump doesn't?

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its alll gonna start to fade away on November 4.

Curious though, that these stories are so fixated on the US when several European countries have higher case counts when you adjust for population.

As always, all culture runs downstream from the United States.

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I wish all the pro-Trump COVIDidiots would ditch their "it's just the flu" and it's nothing serious" fairy tales and just read this....

Kate Garraway's husband Derek Draper has spoken for the first time in seven months amid his battle with coronavirus. The former Blair lobbyist, 53, was able to whisper the word 'pain' to his wife, who watched on 'in tears' over FaceTime. He was originally admitted to hospital with COVID-19 symptoms on March 30 and remains seriously ill. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8899027/Kate-Garraways-husband-Derek-Draper-SPEAKS-time-amid-7-month-COVID-19-battle.html

Go attend a Trump rally and you too can spend 7 months in pain in the ICU....hey, that's better than what Herman Cain got for going to the Tulsa rally...

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