The US has chosen Democrat Joe Biden as its 46th president, CNN predicts on Saturday afternoon, following an election that the former vice president seeks to turn into a referendum on General̵7;s mismanagement. President Trump for the pandemic.
Three presidential advisers said Trump’s handling of the coronavirus was a key factor in his defeat in the election. A senior adviser said Trump’s denial and false information about the virus alienated senior voters, who turned down the President’s performance on Covid-19.
The adviser said Trump was never able to understand elderly voters as being most at risk of disease for the virus, leaving them apprehensive about how the President is dealing with the pandemic.
A private adviser said Trump chose to reopen the economy over control the virus and suffered the consequences on November 3.
Biden’s victory comes the day after the United States recorded more than 126,000 new daily coronavirus infections – the highest figure in a day to date, Johns Hopkins data show. As of Saturday morning, more than 9.7 million cases have been recorded in the US.
The US also reported more than 1,140 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the fourth day in a row that number rose to over 1,000. The last time that happened was in August.
On the same day, at least 17 states reported a record number of cases per day, according to Johns Hopkins data. Sixteen states have reported record highs of hospital admissions for Covid-19, according to the COVID Monitoring Project. More than 54,000 coronavirus patients are currently hospitalized across the country – not far from the country’s pandemic peak of 59,940 in mid-April.