U.S. coronavirus cases surge to record highs

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U.S. coronavirus cases surge to record highs
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29 October 2020
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Washington, October 29 (RHC)-- The United States recorded more than 80,000 new coronavirus infections Wednesday and over 1,000 new deaths, as the White House Coronavirus Task Force warned in an internal report of “unrelenting, broad community spread in the Midwest, Upper Midwest and West.” 

Every state in the U.S. is either holding steady or seeing an increase in new cases, with the United Staes headed for a third surge that’s set to rival two previous peaks.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump continues to rally his supporters at packed events where few people wear masks.  On Wednesday, Trump traveled to Arizona, where he mocked a statewide mask mandate ordered by California Governor Gavin Newsom.

A new study by Vanderbilt University researchers found coronavirus hospitalizations rose dramatically in places without a local mask mandate compared to places where a large majority of people wore face coverings in public. 

On Wednesday, top infectious disease scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci made his strongest comments yet in favor of a nationwide mask mandate.  Fauci said: “Let’s put aside these extraordinary excuses for not doing it, when we’re dealing with a situation that’s not trivial.  You know, we have 225,000 deaths. The modeling tells us we’re going to get a hundred or more thousand as we get into the winter.  That is just something that’s unacceptable.”

Last week, a study in the journal Nature Medicine found universal mask wearing across the U.S. could save nearly 130,000 lives by the end of next February.

 

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