New Coronavirus Cases Hit Record Daily High 5 Days Before Election

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Covid-19 infections in the United States hit a new daily record on Thursday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The university said Friday that 88,521 new cases were recorded on Oct. 29. It was the second consecutive daily record after new cases reached 78,661 on Wednesday. A separate tally compiled by Reuters suggested the U.S. experienced 91,000 new cases on Thursday.

The figures bring the total number of new coronavirus infections for the week to more than 530,000, just days Tuesday’s election.

There is one bright point in the data. The previous daily record for new cases, 77,362 recorded on July 16, was set before testing for the coronavirus had become as widely available. A total
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