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US U.S. breaks daily record for coronavirus cases with nearly 84,000 new infections

06:15  24 october  2020
06:15  24 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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US coronavirus cases have hit a record daily high as states grapple with a renewed wave of infections . Citing data from local state health authorities, the Covid Tracking Project reported 83,010 new cases on Friday. US Surgeon General Jerome Adams has warned that hospital admission

The number of daily global cases also broke a record , with the United States as the biggest source of new infections . Testing for the coronavirus in Austin, Texas, on Friday.Credit Ilana Panich-Linsman for The New York Times. New infections in the U . S . climb to more than 68, 000 , a seventh

By Anurag Maan

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(Reuters) - The United States broke its daily record for new coronavirus infections on Friday as it reported at least 83,948 new cases due to outbreaks in virtually every part of the country, according to a Reuters tally.

The spike in cases comes less than two weeks before the presidential election on Nov. 3 and is hitting battleground states such as Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. On Thursday, the United States reported a near-record 76,195 new cases.

The previous record was 77,299 new cases on July 16. At the time, hospitalizations for COVID-19 patients hit 47,000 and two weeks later deaths rose to an average of 1,200 per day.

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The number of daily cases has escalated drastically in recent weeks after ebbing through much of the late NHK, the Japanese public broadcaster, reported that Tokyo recorded 243 new coronavirus cases on Friday, another record daily high, up Florida breaks its record for deaths in a single day.

U . S . Breaks Record for Daily Coronavirus Cases . The resurgent coronavirus produced a record number of new cases in the U . S ., topping the peak seen in April during Even so, New York state still accounts for most U . S . cases , with 390,415 confirmed infections to date and 31,276 deaths since

Now, hospitalizations are over 41,000 and deaths average nearly 800 per day.

Health experts have not pinpointed the reason for the rise but have long warned that colder temperatures driving people inside, fatigue with COVID-19 precautions and students returning to schools and colleges, could promote the spread of the virus.

The United States has the most cases in the world at 8.5 million and the most fatalities with 224,000 lives lost. The United States has reported over the past week an average of 60,000 new cases per day, the highest seven-day average since early August.

The Midwest has been the epicenter of the latest surge but infections are rising nationwide.

The Northeast reported an 83% increase in cases in the past month. New cases have doubled in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and New Jersey in the past four weeks as compared to the prior four weeks, according to a Reuters analysis.

Western states including Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming have reported a 200% increase in cases in the past four weeks when compared with the previous four weeks.

(Reporting by Anurag Maan in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

New protests loom as Europeans tire of virus restrictions .
MILAN (AP) — Protesters set trash bins afire and police responded with hydrant sprays in downtown Rome Tuesday night, part of a day of public outpouring of anger against virus-fighting measures like evening shutdowns for restaurants and bars and the closures of gyms and theaters — a sign of growing discontent across Europe with renewed coronavirus restrictions. Pedestrians and motorists returning home from work in Rome were taken by surprise when protesters, some of them hooded and members of an extreme-right political group, set afire to trash bins in Piazza del Popolo, overturned parked motor scooters and mopeds and hurled smoke bombs, state TV reported.

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