Coronavirus: US becomes first country to record 100,000 new daily cases

New single-day record comes as total United States cases surpass 9 million

Gino Spocchia
Saturday 31 October 2020 11:19
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The  United States has become the first country in the world to record more than 100,000 new cases of the coronavirus in a single day, according to a tally by Reuters

Approximately 100,233 new cases were reported on Friday, surpassing a record total of 91,000 posted on Thursday. 

It comes as more than 9 million cumulative Covid-19 cases were reported across the United States by Friday, representing nearly 3 per cent of the population, according to a Reuters tally of publicly reported data.

It means that, with four days until the 2020 presidential election, the country is reporting more than one new case every second.

Whilst on five days over past ten days, the United States has exceeded its previous single-day record of 77,299 cases, set in July. 

On Friday, 16 US states reported their highest one-day coronavirus infections while thirteen states were at record levels of hospitalised Covid-19 patients.

So far in October, 31 states have set records for increases in new cases, including five considered must-win states in the 3 November presidential election: Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Nearly 230,000 people in the United States have now lost their lives to the virus, which has dominated the final stretch of the campaign.

Republican president Donald Trump has repeatedly claimed this week that the US was “rounding the turn” on the pandemic, and complained that “ALL THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IS COVID, COVID, COVID.”

“ON NOVEMBER 4th, YOU WON’T BE HEARING SO MUCH ABOUT IT ANYMORE. WE ARE ROUNDING THE TURN!!!”, he wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. 

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