U.S. goes over 89,000 new virus cases in record day

U.S. goes over 89,000 new virus cases in record day
A man passes a COVID-19 public service notice in San Francisco's financial district on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. As the coronavirus pandemic transforms San Francisco's workplace, legions of tech workers have left, able to work remotely from anywhere. Families have fled for roomy suburban homes with backyards. The exodus has pushed rents in the prohibitively expensive city to their lowest in years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) (Noah Berger)

The pace of the Coronavirus outbreak accelerated again on Thursday, as the United States for the first time recorded nearly 90,000 new cases in a single day, as states in the Midwest and Plains continued to record dramatic increases in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Records fell for one day not only nationwide, but also in North Dakota, Minnesota, Indiana, and Iowa, which also had a record high for virus hospitalizations, as 33 different states reported over 1,000 new cases Thursday, with the U.S. total at 89,940 according to figures kept by the Washington Post.

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Also, South Dakota reported a record 19 deaths - a figure which would be equal to Florida reporting well over 400 deaths in a single day.

On the campaign trail, President Trump continued to portray Joe Biden as weak on the virus, mocking Biden for a reduced campaign schedule.

“Now they try and say it’s because of COVID. They say the fact that he has nobody at all show up is because of COVID,” the President said during a stop in Tampa.

Democrats have raised questions about the President drawing thousands and thousands of people at rallies, and whether that’s contributing to the virus outbreak.

In North Carolina, health officials announced Thursday that two people who attended a Trump rally last week had tested positive, trying to get the word out to people at the event.

Biden meanwhile continued to accuse the President of not doing enough to stem the spread of the virus.

“You have my word, if I have the honor of serving as your President, I will do everything in my power to defeat COVID-19,” Biden said.