US Sees Daily Record of Nearly 80,000 New Coronavirus Cases as More States Report Infections
A child walks towards P.S. 130 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
Between 8:30 pm Thursday and the same time Friday, 79,963 infections were recorded, bringing the total number since the start of the pandemic to nearly 8.5 million in the country.
The United States had already approached the bar of 80,000 daily cases in July, largely due to new infections in southern states such as Texas and Florida, where the virus was then spreading out of control.
The worst current outbreaks are in the north and midwest, and some 35 of the 50 states are seeing an increase in case numbers.
In absolute terms, the United States has suffered the most deaths of any country, though not in relative terms. Mask-wearing, which a study has shown could prevent an additional 130,000 deaths if followed widely, has become embroiled in US politics in the run up to the November 3 presidential election.
President Donald Trump, widely criticized for his management of the health crisis and who continues to downplay the severity of the virus, has promised the imminent arrival of a vaccine, which he wants to be free.
His Democratic opponent Joe Biden also pledged on Friday that the vaccine would be "free to everyone" if he wins.