Washington, United States:
In the United States, more than 120,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in the past 24 hours, which, according to a record by Johns Hopkins University, beats a daily record from the previous day.
The country reported 123,085 new infections and 1,226 additional deaths between Wednesday 8:30 p.m. and Thursday 8:30 p.m. (1:30 a.m. GMT), the Baltimore-based school’s tally showed.
99,660 new cases of the virus were reported on Wednesday. Thursday’s record shook this record by 23,425 cases.
While spring deaths are still below their worst, Thursday was also the third day in a row that more than 1,000 people died. The last time people died from Covid-19 at this rate in the United States was in early September.
More than 9.6 million people have been infected and 234,000 have died in the United States to date during the pandemic, by far the highest toll in the world.
The new record comes as US President Donald Trump, who survived a battle with Covid-19 in October and insists that the virus “go away”, fought for his political life on Thursday and the vote in the presidential election on Tuesday was still going on .
His Democratic election rival Joe Biden has tried to turn the vote into a referendum on Trump’s handling of the crisis and vowed to listen to scientific advice on how to deal with the pandemic should he take over the White House.
With coronavirus rising across the country since mid-October, more than 100 million voters cast their votes in the mail or in person ahead of Election Day – the highest number of early voters ever – as many Americans tried to avoid overcrowded polling stations .
The final election result was delayed in part by the large number of postal ballot papers that Trump, with no evidence, describes as fraudulent.
In some states, health officials have already warned of their ability to handle an influx of hospitalizations as winter flu season approaches.
The pandemic has also hit the US economy, causing a historic slowdown in growth and tens of millions of job losses.
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