A nurse processes a nasal swab at a drive-thru testing site outside the Southside Health Center in Milwaukee. File photo/Reuters
Gulf Today Report
New confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States set a one-day record. The virus has climbed to an all-time high of more than 86,000 per day on average.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, daily new confirmed coronavirus cases have surged 45% over the past two weeks, to a record 7-day average of 86,352. Deaths are also on the rise, up 15 per cent to an average of 846 deaths every day.
In a glimpse of the worsening crisis that lies ahead for the winner of the presidential election, cases and hospitalizations are setting records all around the country just as the holidays and winter approach. It is demonstrating the challenge that either President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden will face in the coming months.
"Where we are is in an extremely dire place as a country. Every metric that we have is trending in the wrong direction. This is a virus that will continue to escalate at an accelerated speed and that is not going to stop on its own,” said Dr. Leana Wen, a public health expert at George Washington University.
Dr. Susan Bailey, president of the American Medical Association, said there are things Americans can do now to help change the trajectory.
"Regardless of the outcome of the election, everyone in America needs to buckle down,″ Bailey said.
"A lot of us have gotten kind of relaxed about physically distancing, not washing our hands quite as often as we used to, maybe not wearing our masks quite as faithfully. We all need to realize that things are escalating and we’ve got to be more careful than ever,” she said.
Polls showed the public health crisis and the economy were top concerns for many Americans.
The rally was shaping up to be one of the biggest indoor events in the US since large gatherings were shut down in March because of the coronavirus, and it was scheduled over the protests of local health officials and as COVID-19 cases spike in many states. The event was expected to draw crowds of protesters to the area as well.
The US death toll, meanwhile, has grown to 223,995. The total US caseload reported on the site Friday was 83,757, topping the 77,362 cases reported on July 16.
The United States reported 60,000 new infections on Wednesday, the highest since Aug. 14, with rising cases in every region, especially the Midwest.
This came during his meeting, on Tuesday, with Dr Susan Mumm, the new Chancellor of the American University Sharjah, in the presence of a number of members of the university's board of trustees and the vice-president in his office at the university.
Sheikh Mohammed tweeted, “All the best to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its leadership. The Saudi National Day every year is a dear occasion to all of us; an occasion to express our fraternal relations and love and move to a better and more prosperous future for two peoples combined by a limitless ambition.”
The health ministry also announced that 62,694 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were provided during the past 24 hours, bringing the total doses that have been provided to date to 19,549,263.