Coronavirus: US registers one-day record with 100,000 new cases
The United States has registered a one-day record for new coronavirus cases with over 100,000 new infections, according to tallies from the Washington Post and news agency Reuters.
More than 1,100 deaths linked to coronavirus were also recorded on Wednesday.
The Covid crisis is being overshadowed by tensions over vote counting in the fraught aftermath of the US election.
More than 50,000 people across the US are currently in hospital with coronavirus – an increase of about 64% from early October.
The average daily death rates in the country have also been increasing again, although they are still lower than at the start of the pandemic. In an interview with the Washington Post newspaper on Friday, commenting on the US nearing 100,00 cases, the country’s top infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci said: “We’re in for a whole lot of hurt.”
He added that the US “could not possibly be positioned more poorly”, with colder weather driving people indoors.
In response, White House spokesman Judd Deere said the comments were “unacceptable and breaking with all norms”.
With almost 9.5 million total coronavirus infections and more than 233,000 deaths, the US has both the highest number of cases and the highest total death toll in the world.