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The United States registered the highest number of daily cases of covid-19 on Friday since the pandemic began in March. The number of new cases, 82,600 in mid-afternoon throughout the country, surpasses the previous record of more than 6,000 cases, established in mid-July. The numbers have been growing since the beginning of October and are exceeding the capacity of hospitals throughout the country in the same way that they were in New York in April.

The Secretary of Health of the United States, Alex Azar, attributed the increase in cases to the behavior of the people, especially the large gatherings in the houses, which he said are “a main vector of the spread of the disease.” In much of the country it is already making winter temperatures and the daily activity takes place more in the interior. In addition, in the coming days, Americans are preparing for at least two family events that are celebrated in large numbers, such as Halloween and Thanksgiving. And massive queues are expected to vote in the elections on November 3, if turnout trends are confirmed.

This new wave of the pandemic is much more widespread than the first attack of the disease, last spring, when the situation was very difficult in the large internationally connected cities. This time the virus is across the country, and some Midwestern states are suffering from a lack of beds. In the last two weeks, 24 states have broken their daily record for infections.

This Friday, there were 40,000 people hospitalized with covid-19 throughout the country. Hospitalizations increased 38% in the past week alone. They are registering the order of a thousand deaths a day. The total death toll stood at nearly 224,000 at the end of this Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

Inevitably, the country looks at this increase in numbers from an electoral perspective. The longest segment of Thursday’s debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden was devoted to the coronavirus response. “We are learning to live with it,” Trump said. “Americans are dying with it, not living,” Biden said. Some of the largest increases in cases are occurring in states that can decide the election, such as Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Wisconsin. The possibility of crowds to vote is a public health concern, which is why many local authorities, and especially the Democratic Party, have recommended voting by mail or voting early to avoid queues.

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