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U.S. sets new single-day record with 100,000 coronavirus cases

The virus’s rampage cast a shadow over Election Day. Dr. Deborah Birx warns of the “most deadly phase of this pandemic.”
In this Oct. 28, 2020 photo, poll worker Alice Machinist, of Newton, Mass., right, wears a mask and shield out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting a voter, left, with a ballot during early in-person general election voting at the Newton Free Library, in Newton, Mass.
In this Oct. 28, 2020 photo, poll worker Alice Machinist, of Newton, Mass., right, wears a mask and shield out of concern for the coronavirus while assisting a voter, left, with a ballot during early in-person general election voting at the Newton Free Library, in Newton, Mass. [ STEVEN SENNE | AP ]
Published Nov. 5, 2020

Five days after setting a record for most coronavirus cases recorded in a single day, the United States blew past it on Wednesday, adding more than 100,000, according to the Washington Post.

That is, for now, the most U.S. cases ever recorded in a single day. The previous record was set Friday, when the nation added more than 99,000 coronavirus cases in a day.

Eight months into the pandemic, the U.S. has recorded nearly 9.5 million total infections, according to Johns Hopkins University. It’s the most recorded cases for any country — and more than a million cases greater than those recorded by the second-highest infected country, India.

Related: Florida adds 4,423 coronavirus cases and 32 deaths Wednesday

Across the U.S., dozens of states are recording their worst weeks yet for new cases, according to The New York Times. Hospitalizations and deaths are also on an upward swing. Hospitals in major cities like Omaha, Neb., and St. Louis, Mo., are rescheduling elective surgeries and Arkansas is facing a shortage of healthcare workers, according to the Post.

The states seeing the worst impact are in the north, especially the midwest. Maine, Minnesota, Idaho and Indiana set new single-day records for infections Wednesday. But according to ProPublica, nearly every state is seeing a rise in cases.

The virus’s rampage cast a shadow over election day on Tuesday, with many voters showing up at the polls wearing extra protection like face shields and some poll-workers dressed in hazmat suits. But in exit polls, 4 in 10 voters said they would prioritize the economy over efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus, according to data reviewed by the Post.

Dr. Deborah Birx, a leading member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, delivered a stark message to the President the day before the election in a memo first reported by the Post.

"We are entering the most concerning and most deadly phase of this pandemic,” she wrote. She did not recommend lockdowns, but called for an “aggressive balanced approach.”

More than a million people have died from coronavirus across the globe. The majority of deaths are in the U.S., where about 230,000 people have died from the virus. Deaths in Florida, now just under 17,000, are the fourth highest of any U.S. state, behind New York, Texas and California.

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