US sets terrifying new global virus record
On any other day, the United States breaking a single-day record for new coronavirus cases would be all over the news.
But it is buried behind wall-to-wall coverage of the ongoing vote count in the US election - a count that shows Democratic nominee Joe Biden holding a slim lead as absentee and mail-in ballots continue to be counted.
But as the US waits to learn who will win the White House, the surge of coronavirus cases shows no sign of subsiding anytime soon.
The US recorded more than 100,000 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, breaking through a threshold into new ground.
Regardless of election results, we have months of current leadership ahead. The question now is whether leaders in hard hit areas who have favored a light touch will implement more aggressive covid control measures now that Election Day has passed.— Caitlin Rivers, PhD (@cmyeaton) November 4, 2020
For the first time, we have over 100,000 cases of COVID in one day.— Andy Slavitt @ 🏡 (@ASlavitt) November 5, 2020
Trump is focused. He is suing to eliminate 53 votes in Georgia.
In total, there were 103,087 cases reported, breaking not only a US record, but a single-day record for any country, anywhere in the world, since the pandemic began.
The New York Times reports that 19 states recorded more cases over the last seven days than in any other seven-day period in 2020.
New daily records were reported in Minnesota, Indiana and Maine. The Times reports that Minnesota has recorded a near-80 per cent increase in cases over the past 14 days and Indiana has seen a 71 per cent increase over that same period.
Deaths from COVID-19 are also on the rise, up by 14 per cent across the country in the past fortnight.
Despite that, polling showed US voters did not turn on President Donald Trump for his handling of the pandemic - a time that saw more than 233,000 American lives lost and more than nine million people infected.
BREAKING: More than 100,000 Covid-19 cases recorded in the U.S. today, marking the latest single-day record high. pic.twitter.com/rFj0icUz6F— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 5, 2020
SOBERING: U.S. reports over 100,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time ever. Smashes all time record.— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) October 31, 2020
We have basically lost this battle. Not sure if Christmas is even saveable unless we do something drastic fast! 🔥 #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/mMSO4jkDNO
An NBC News poll showed 31 per cent of adults over 65 - the most at-risk group - viewed the handling of the economy as more important than the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and would vote accordingly.
In Florida, where there is a large proportion of older voters, a poll found the majority believe Mr Trump would handle the pandemic better than his opponent, Joe Biden.
The Atlantic reports that as winter nears, "the country's third surge of infection is dangerously accelerating in almost every region".
"This is the reality that the United States is facing, regardless of who will become its next chief executive: A deadly respiratory pandemic is spiralling out of control, and the number of hospitalised people - and deaths - is certain to rise over the next several months," the magazine read on Wednesday.
Epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding wrote on Twitter that the new daily record was "SOBERING".
"US reports over 100,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time ever. Smashes all time record.
"We have basically lost this battle. Not sure if Christmas is even saveable unless we do something drastic fast."
He noted that, of concern, "children make up 11 per cent of all US cases, up from 2 per cent in April".
And while the virus runs rampant in the US, claiming lives along the way, President Trump is thinking of other things - including how to stop votes that look certain to favour his opponent from being counted.
Originally published as US sets terrifying new global record