Covid-19 cases soar in the US as election campaign and the pandemic collide

Covid-19 cases soar in the US as election campaign and the pandemic collide

WASHINGTON – The election and the pandemic are colliding in the United States, with the country registering on Friday its highest daily number of cases since the pandemic began.

Johns Hopkins University reported 83,757 new cases.

This comes as President Donald Trump increases the frequency of his rallies in critical states, including Florida where on Friday a large crowd of his supporters assembled at the retirement community, The Villages, out in the open but with many not wearing masks.

Mr Trump cast an early ballot on Saturday (Oct 24), ahead of the Nov 3 vote, at a library serving as a polling centre in West Palm Beach, Florida. “I voted for a guy named Trump,” he said with a smile as he emerged.

Separately, on Friday, his rival Joe Biden, who has been holding campaign events with smaller and more socially distanced audiences, made a speech on his strategy to control the pandemic, if he were elected President.