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The White House chief of staff said Sunday the administration is “not going to control” the coronavirus pandemic as the daily total of U.S. cases surpassed 83,000 for the second day in a row, the two biggest one-day totals on record.
“What we need to do is make sure that we have the proper mitigation factors, whether it’s therapies or vaccines or treatments, to make sure that people don’t die from this,” Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
Multiple aides to Vice President Mike Pence have being infected. Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday, Pence’s spokesman said in a statement. CNN reported that at least two other staffers have tested positive in recent days while The New York Times reported that at least three others have tested positive.
Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, tested negative Saturday, and Pence will maintain his schedule without restrictions, his office said.
The rise in new cases continues unabated, and Johns Hopkins University reported more than 900 additional deaths Saturday. Almost 42,000 new hospitalizations were reported Saturday, according to the COVID Tracking Project. That is the most in a day in more than two months.
Here’s what to know today:
- On Friday, the U.S. broke its record for daily infections when more than 83,700 new COVID-19 cases were recorded. Saturday’s total was also over 83,700. The previous high was set in July when the U.S. saw more than 77,300 new cases.
- President Donald Trump’s outdoor campaign rally in Pensacola, Florida, on Saturday night drew a crowd of thousands — many without masks.
- The Navajo Nation has a higher per capita COVID-19 death rate than any U.S. state, with 11,101 infections and 574 confirmed deaths as of Thursday.
📈 Today’s numbers: The U.S. has reported over 8.6 million cases and more than 225,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The global totals: 42.8 million cases and 1.15 million deaths.
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Trump aide: ‘We’re not going to control the pandemic’
President Donald Trump’s chief of staff said Sunday the Trump administration would not “control” the spread of COVID-19 and is focusing on cures instead. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and others have criticized the Trump administration for not trying to slow the spread of the virus, citing actions ranging from the president’s mocking of mask wearing to his insistence on holding campaign rallies with maskless people packed close together.
“We’re not going to control the pandemic,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows told CNN’s “State of the Union.” Meadows added, “we are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other