US sees record high number of new COVID-19 cases

US records 88,973 new infections, a record high number of new cases for the second day in a row.

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The United States saw a record high number of new daily COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row on Saturday, AFP reports, citing figures from Johns Hopkins University.

88,973 new infections were reported between 8:30 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, the figures showed, substantially above the previous day's 79,963.

A total of 8,568,625 cases have been reported in the United States with 224,751 deaths, the highest in the world in absolute terms.

The worst current outbreaks in the country are in the north and Midwest, and some 35 of the 50 states are seeing an increase in case numbers.

The US recorded 906 deaths on Saturday, the Johns Hopkins tracker showed.

US estimates say that at least three COVID-19 vaccines will be submitted for emergency approval within three weeks, and that the US will have finished vaccinating at-risk populations by the end of the year.

During the second presidential debate on Thursday, US President Donald Trump said the coronavirus vaccine is “ready” and “going to be announced within weeks.”

When the moderator, Kristen Welker, noted that experts have said it will take months before a vaccine is widely available, Trump said, “I think my timeline is going to be more accurate.”