US tops 90,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours for first time

People stand in line outside of CityMd for Covid-19 testing on October 29, 2020 in New York City. (David Dee Delgado/Getty Images/AFP)
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Updated 30 October 2020

US tops 90,000 coronavirus cases in 24 hours for first time

  • The US has the most number of coronavirus cases, tallying 8.94 million since the beginning of the pandemic

WASHINGTON: The United States notched a record number of new coronavirus cases on Thursday, for the first time topping 90,000 diagnoses in 24 hours, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.
The country, which has seen a resurgence of its Covid-19 outbreak since mid-October, recorded 91,295 new cases in the 24 hours up to 8:30 p.m. Thursday (0030 GMT Friday), according to a real-time count by the Baltimore-based school.
The US has tallied 8.94 million cases of the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, the most of any country in the world.
Within the same 24-hour period, 1,021 people died from Covid-19 in the US, bringing the country’s total to 228,625 fatalities. It is the highest recorded toll in the world.
The country’s previous record of daily cases was set on Saturday, with 88,973 new infections.
The virus is currently spreading most rampantly in the Midwest.
With five days to go until the election, Democrat Joe Biden has made Donald Trump’s handling of the health crisis his main attack point against the president.


UK PM names Nadhim Zahawi as minister responsible for vaccine deployment

Updated 28 November 2020

UK PM names Nadhim Zahawi as minister responsible for vaccine deployment

  • Zahawi will report to health minister Matt Hancock in his new role
  • His primary focus will be vaccine deployment although he will keep some of his business responsibilities

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has named Nadhim Zahawi, currently a junior business minister, as the minister responsible for COVID-19 vaccine deployment, in a sign that the government is readying a mass vaccination program.
Zahawi will report to health minister Matt Hancock in his new role, with his primary focus on vaccine deployment although he will keep some of his business responsibilities.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s office on Saturday added that the new arrangement was temporary and would last until at least next summer.

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