US records record 88,973 Covid-19 infections for second day in a row

The United States on Saturday recorded a record number of new daily Covid-19 cases for the second day in a row, figures from Johns Hopkins University showed, as warnings escalated.

The country reported 88,973 new infections between 8:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, according to figures, significantly above the 79,963 the day before.

A total of 8,568,625 cases have been reported in the United States with 224,751 deaths, the highest in the world in absolute terms.

The current worst epidemics in the country are in the north and center-west, and some 35 of the 50 states are seeing an increase in the number of cases.

The 24-hour death toll has remained broadly stable since early fall, at between 700 and 800. The United States recorded 906 deaths on Saturday, the Johns Hopkins tracker showed.

President Donald Trump has sought to push back harsh criticism of his handling of the health crisis ahead of the November 3 election, especially from his Democratic opponent Joe Biden.

Former President Barack Obama on Saturday ripped apart Trump’s White House approach to the pandemic, saying at a drive-through rally in Florida that “the idea that somehow this White House has done anything other than completely messing up this thing is nonsense.

Trump has sought to play down the virus despite contracting it and recovering from it himself, saying businesses should reopen so the country’s economy can recover.

“This election is a choice between a Trump super-recovery and a Biden depression,” he told supporters in North Carolina on Saturday.

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