There is no pause because of the pandemic as the number of new Covid-19 cases continues to rise Thursday in battlefield states that could determine who will occupy the White House over the next four years.
Pennsylvania, where the final votes were being tallyed in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, where President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden were in a tight run, reported 2,704 new cases overnight alongside 38 deaths, according to the latest NBC News statistics.
Nevada, where Biden appeared to lead Thursday, recorded 1,068 new cases and 7 deaths. While in neighboring Arizona, a state where Biden also appears to be leading, reported 815 new infections along with 39 deaths, the data showed.
In North Carolina is fighting hard, 2,490 new infections were reported Thursday morning along with 43 deaths. On Wednesday, the state reported 68 deaths, a record for North Carolina.
In Georgia, where Biden poses a serious challenge to Trump, health officials reported 2,313 new cases and an additional 493 deaths. The latest mortality figures, according to new data, include a backlog of previously unreported deaths.
Michigan and Wisconsin, two battlefield states that were called in for Biden on Wednesday, also reported thousands more.
“While the state and the country moved toward the presidential election, Wisconsin had another record-setting day for COVID-19 cases, with 5,935 Wisconsinites testing positive on Wednesday,” the Governor Tony Evers said Thursday during his Democratic Radio Speech. “Guys, this pandemic hasn’t happened anywhere else or with anyone else. The people of Wisconsin in every corner of our state know with their own eyes the tragedy and the loss of this virus.”
Michigan reported 4,397 new infections during the night, also one of the highest daily totals the state has reported.
In other news about coronavirus:
- About 751,000 people applied for unemployment last week, down slightly from 758,000 last week. But about 22 million jobs have been lost as a result of the pandemic and 10 million of them have yet to be recovered.
- Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, who has made a clear assessment of the Covid-19 crisis that angered Trump, “will be remembered as one of the great translation, “Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, a medical collaborator with NBC News, wrote on Thursday. Trump has hinted that he could fire Fauci after the election is decided.
- Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has urged Congress to pass some sort of fiscal stimulus package to keep the uncertain economic recovery continuing “with an increasingly urgent tone,” NBC News reported. believe.
- A Missouri election monitor who got a positive result last week worked on Election Day instead of being in quarantine and has since died. The cause of death has yet to be given.
- Denmark plans to destroy an entire population of 15 million mink farms after the animal spread the Covid-19 mutation to humans.
- The NFL’s Chicago Bears have canceled training and sent all players home after a second player had a positive result this week, The Chicago Sun-Times reported. It is not yet clear what will affect this during Sunday’s team game against the Tennessee Titans.
The increasing number of Covid-19 comes a day after the number of new cases in the United States for the first time reached 100,000 since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to NBC News data, 104,429 cases on Wednesday broke the one-day record of 98,583 cases set last week.
That’s an increase of 5,846 new cases from the day before, when 91,530 infections were recorded.
“The numbers are going up, and we’re on infectious diseases and shaky public health,” said Dr. William Schaffner, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee,.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy agrees. His state, which belongs to Biden, has nearly 2,500 new cases added, the highest daily number since May 6.
“We’re not out of the woods at Covid,” Murphy said. “Another bad day of numbers. This is going in the wrong direction.
Meanwhile Ohio, a state that Trump won, recorded 4,961 Covid-19 cases overnight, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Governor Mike DeWine, in his Twitter thread, warned that hospital admissions are increasing at a “very, very high” rate.
DeWine added that 10 teachers are currently in quarantine after they were exposed to the virus at a pair of Halloween baths. And 5 more were tested positive after attending a college party on October 24 attended by 80 people, including some high school students, the governor tweeted.
Nearly 9.6 million coronavirus infections and 235,448 reported deaths in the US are both top numbers in the world, according to the Covid-19 panel of Johns Hopkins University.
Additionally, the data showed an increase in Covid-19 hospital admissions, particularly across the Midwest and Southwest in states such as Iowa, Indiana, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and New Mexico.
Alaska has also seen a dramatic increase in hospital admissions, The Anchorage Daily News reported.