Friday, October 30, 2020 | ePaper

United States surpasses 8m Covid-19 cases

  • Print

Medical personnel work inside a field hospital known as an Alternate Care Facility at the state fairground as cases of coronavirus cases spike in the state near Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US.

Al Jazeera News :
The United States has recorded more than eight million cases of Covid-19, Johns Hopkins University said on Friday, a grim milestone that comes a little over two weeks before the presidential election on November 3.
The US case tally hit 8,008,402 on Friday afternoon, the highest in the world - followed by India and Brazil, who have recorded the second and third-highest number of cases, respectively.
The US also recorded more than 218,000 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, Johns Hopkins said.
US President Donald Trump's critics have slammed his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, accusing him of downplaying the threat of the disease despite knowing the risks and flouting public health guidelines, such as mask-wearing, that aim to prevent the spread of the virus.
Trump's own positive test for Covid-19, made public on October 1, has also been in the spotlight this month, as the president was hospitalised to treat the disease and forced to suspend his campaign events.
He returned to the campaign trail on Monday, however, saying - without evidence - that he is "immune" to Covid-19.
"I feel so powerful. I'll walk in there, I'll kiss everyone in that audience. I'll kiss the guys and the beautiful women, just give you a big fat kiss," Trump told a crowd of supporters during a campaign rally in Florida this week.
Public health experts in the US have urged people to follow safety guidelines and remain vigilant as temperatures dip, forcing people indoors where the virus has the potential to spread more easily. Several US states reported record increases in new Covid-19 cases this month, Reuters news agency reported.
The positive test rate topped 30 per cent in South Dakota on Wednesday, and reached more than 20 percent in Idaho and Wisconsin. Wisconsin also reported a record increase in new cases on Thursday, with 4,000.
"Our numbers are high and they're growing rapidly," the state's health secretary-designate, Andrea Palm, told a news conference.
"We have now surpassed 1,000 Covid-19 patients who are in the hospital. In some regions of our state, our ICU beds are 90 percent or more full. Over the course of the past six weeks, our average daily deaths have more than tripled," Palm added.
According to the Johns Hopkins tally, Los Angeles county has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases with more than 286,000, followed by Miami-Dade county in Florida, which had more than 176,000 total cases.
California remains the state with the most total cases followed by Texas, Florida, New York and Georgia, which account for more than 40 percent of all Covid-19 cases in the country.

More News For this Category

Voters queue up, maintaining distancing, at a polling station at Paliganj, Bihar.

Voters queue up, maintaining distancing, at a polling station at Paliganj, Bihar.

Millions vote in state elections amid pandemic challenges

Al Jazeera News :India's first key elections during the coronavirus pandemic has begun in the eastern state of Bihar, with physical distancing regulations and temperature checks outside election booths.Voters will

Turkey to take legal, diplomatic steps against French caricature of Erdogan

Reuters, Istanbul :Turkey said on Wednesday it will take legal and diplomatic steps in response to a caricature of President Tayyip Erdogan in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which

Germany and France prepare new lockdowns as Covid sweeps Europe

Reuters, Berlin :Germany and France prepared to announce restrictions approaching the level of last spring's blanket lockdowns on Wednesday as COVID deaths across Europe rose almost 40% in a week,

Celebrations in Chile as voters back rewriting Constitution

Celebrations in Chile as voters back rewriting Constitution

Al Jazeera News :Tens of thousands of Chileans have taken to Santiago's main square in celebration after people across the country overwhelmingly backed re-writing Chile's dictatorship-era constitution that many

WHO chief warns against vaccine nationalism

AFP :The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Sunday called for global solidarity in the rollout of any future coronavirus vaccine, as the number of cases soared

DR Congo army says Burundi rebels forced from strongholds

DR Congo army says Burundi rebels forced from strongholds

Al Jazeera News :Congolese soldiers have forced fighters from the main Burundian rebel force from their stronghold in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) near the two

Poland abortion ruling: Protesters disrupt church services

BBC Online :Protesters have disrupted church services across Poland in the latest show of discontent against a court's near-total ban on abortion.The protesters staged sit-ins and held pro-abortion banners,

Climate activists abseil from bridges, halt Frankfurt rush-hour traffic

Reuters, BerlinĀ  :Climate activists abseiled from bridges near Germany's financial hub Frankfurt on Monday in protest at the planned expansion of a motorway, causing backed-up traffic on busy roads

Philippines: Typhoon Molave displaces thousands, floods villages

Philippines: Typhoon Molave displaces thousands, floods villages

Al Jazeera News :Thousands of villagers were forced to flee their homes in the Philippines as a fast-moving typhoon made landfall, flooding rural villages, ripping off roofs and toppling