- President Donald Trump then claimed that the US is overcoming the coronovirus on Saturday – despite figures showing to the contrary.
- Trump told those who rally in North Carolina, “Now we have a soul, for our country. We’re doing our turn unbelievable.”
- Friday and Saturday marked a new milestone in the US epidemic, recording 83,700 new cases of COVID-19 each day, surpassing previous records from July.
- Experts warn that as the country grows in winter, it is entering its third, and possibly deadliest, coronavirus boom.
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President Donald Trump told supporters that “we are circling” on coronovirus, a phrase he has repeatedly used despite an unprecedented increase in infection.
Trump insisted at a rally in Lumberton, North Carolina on Saturday. As he said, according to John Hopkin University data, the US recorded 83,757 new COVID-19 infections on Friday 23 October.
As of early Sunday, statistics show that Saturday 24 October brought a similar total – 83,718.
The data set a new record for a single day of infection in the US, surpassing the previous high of around 77,300 on 16 July.
Trump told the crowd, “Now we have a soul, our country. We’re doing great, we’re doing our turn.”
See the moment below:
-Oran Rupar (@atrupar) October 24, 2020
Experts have said that the country is registering its third and potentially, deadliest increase in COVID-19 cases, although deaths have still not increased dramatically.
“My concern is that we’re going to be completely overwhelmed right now,” Megan Rane, an emergency-medical doctor at Brown University, previously told Business Insider.
“Even though we do better on a case-by-case basis, I think we are going to dwarf the number of deaths we are already experiencing this fall and winter.”
According to the JHU tracker, the US has reported more than 8.5 million cases and approximately 225,000 deaths so far.
Trump has repeatedly used “turning round the turn” – or variations of it – in the past two months when the coronovirus epidemic was mentioned, even when the numbers had worsened.
Even he deployed the phrase during Thursday’s second presidential debate, when he said: “We’re rounding the corner. It’s going away.”
America’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci criticized Trump’s use of the phrase in an interview with the BBC broadcast on Sunday.
—BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) October 25, 2020
When footage of Trump using the phrase was shown in the debate, Fauci said Trump was in the wrong and America “is really going in the wrong direction.”
In the footage, which was recorded ahead of time on Friday, he continued: “If you only look at the numbers, I mean you can have an opinion about what’s going on but the data for yourself. they speak.”
The new transitions were also reported at the top of his administration as the president commented.
Mark Shorty, Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff and a top advisor to Pence, Marty Obst, have both tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his office announced Saturday.
[Who are Marc Short and Marty Obst and why are they so important to Pence? Check out our comprehensive guide to Penceworld.]
Pence’s office said the vice president was in close contact with Short, but would not quarantine and would continue traveling and picketing in the week leading up to the election.
Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, both tested negative for the virus on Saturday and “remain in good health,” a spokesperson told the Associated Press (AP).