US records worst Covid-19 week since summer peak

US records worst Covid-19 week since summer peak

The US has tallied the most new coronavirus cases in a week since a major summer outbreak, threatening to overwhelm hospitals in parts of the country just as voters head to the polls for one of the most hotly contested presidential elections in modern history.

The worst-hit region in the latest spike continued to be the Midwest, where some of the key battleground states in the presidential campaign posted record one-day increases in new infections on Friday. Those jumps pushed the nationwide tally to 83,010 new cases, according to the Covid Tracking Project, a record one-day rise.

Ohio, where President Donald Trump is clinging to a narrow lead in opinion polls, on Friday recorded its worst daily increase in new Covid-19 cases for the third day running, while Pennsylvania, a state regarded as key for the president’s re-election prospects, also reporting a single-day record.