U.S. reports nearly 90,000 new coronavirus cases amid surges in every swing state

Nearly 90,000 new coronavirus infections were reported in the United States on Thursday, a record, as cases surge in every swing state that will be crucial to next week’s presidential election.



a group of people wearing costumes: Voters wearing face masks wait in a nearly four-hour line to cast their ballots during early voting at a polling site in Edmond, Okla., on Thursday.


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Voters wearing face masks wait in a nearly four-hour line to cast their ballots during early voting at a polling site in Edmond, Okla., on Thursday.

The total number of infections reported nationwide since February is virtually guaranteed to reach 9 million on Friday, just 15 days after the tally hit 8 million. At least 228,000 deaths have been linked to the coronavirus.

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1:03 AM: Options dwindle for voters diagnosed with covid-19 as Election Day draws near



a man holding a laptop: Linda Harrison of Austin was tested positive for the coronavirus on July 2, the deadline to apply for mail-in ballots in Texas’s primary runoff. She asked a judge to waive the requirement for a doctor’s signature but was denied.


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Linda Harrison of Austin was tested positive for the coronavirus on July 2, the deadline to apply for mail-in ballots in Texas’s primary runoff. She asked a judge to waive the requirement for a doctor’s signature but was denied.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans will test positive for the novel coronavirus between now and Election Day, leaving many scrambling for alternatives to in-person voting and injecting another dimension of uncertainty into an election already shadowed by the pandemic.

Those voters will need to navigate an unfamiliar and varied landscape to cast their ballots. Some will be required to get doctor’s notes or enlist family members to help. Others, in isolation, will need to have a witness present while they vote. Planned accommodations — such as officials hand-delivering ballots — may prove inadequate or could be strained beyond limits.

Sudden illness is an impediment to voting every election year, typically for a small number of Americans. Many provisions to help those voters apply exclusively to people who are hospitalized.

But with around 70,000 new cases of the coronavirus being recorded each day, a swath of Americans larger than the population of Wyoming or Vermont will probably contract the disease in the 10 days leading up to Nov. 3.

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By: Neena Satija

12:23 AM: Coronavirus cases are on the rise in every swing state

Coronavirus cases are surging in every competitive state before Election Day, offering irrefutable evidence against President Trump’s closing argument that the pandemic is nearly over and restrictions are no longer necessary.

In the 13 states deemed competitive by the Cook Political Report, the weekly average of new cases reported daily has jumped 45 percent over the past two weeks, from fewer than 21,000 on Oct. 14 to more than 30,000 on Oct. 28.

Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania have all hit new weekly average highs in recent days, and in Florida and Georgia, case counts are growing again after having fallen from summer highs.

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