The United States has set a new daily record of coronavirus infections, with an increase of 83,757 cases on Friday, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
The new number was 12,000 higher than Thursday, surpassing the previous record set in mid-July when 77,000 cases were recorded.
The grim milestone came a day after President Donald Trump claimed in the last presidential election debate on Thursday that the US was “turning the corner” with Covid-19 and that the virus was “going away”.
The coronavirus has infected nearly 8.5 million people. It has resulted in the death of about 224,000 people in the US, far more than in any other country, according to the Baltimore-based university.
Experts believe that the number of contamination cases is probably much higher than the official number.
Midwestern states are now facing significant outbreaks in what is considered the country’s third peak. In earlier stages, the pandemic hit the Northeast, then the South and West.