THE United States has set a worrying new record for coronavirus infections with 77,000 more cases in just one day.
A new tally has revealed 77,640 coronavirus cases have been recorded as the country nears the winter months, according to NBC News.
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The number is 1,917 more than the last report on July 29.
The data also revealed than an additional 921 people have passed away from coronavirus-related illnesses.
At least 8.4 million people have tested positive for Covid-19 across the country since the start of the pandemic in March, the New York Times interactive coronavirus map reveals.
A total of 223,490 people have died from the virus.
The deputy director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Jay Butler, warned this week that coronavirus cases are “really in all parts of the country."
"Unfortunately, we are seeing a distressing trend here in the United States," he told reporters, according to CNBC.
“Smaller, more intimate gatherings of family, friends and neighbors may be driving transmission as well, especially as they move indoors.”
The CDC director acknowledged how coronavirus has become an unwanted part of people's lives.
He added: "We’re tired of wearing masks, but it continues to be as important as it has ever been and I would say even more important than ever as we move into the fall season.”
Earlier this week, President Trump said the US would “be in a massive depression” if he listened to experts – as doctors now warn the country is heading into its “darkest hour.”
Speaking at a campaign rally in Nevada on Sunday, Trump said the US would be in a much different place if he “totally” took advice from scientists on coronavirus lockdowns.
Trump claimed that if his Democratic rival Joe Biden is elected, Americans would see another Great Depression.
“He’s gonna lock down. This guy wants to lock down,” Trump said of Biden, referencing coronavirus lockdowns the United States saw earlier this year.
“He’ll listen to the scientists. If I listened totally to the scientists, we would right now have a country that would be in a massive depression.”
Trump said that if he listened to the experts, the economy would be in a different place, adding to the crowd: “We’re like a rocketship. Take a look at the numbers.”
Some health experts have warned that the coming weeks will be the “darkest hour” of the United States’ coronavirus outbreak.
Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told NBC News on Sunday that he wasn’t as optimistic as Trump is about the virus.
Osterholm explained: “Friday, we had 70,000 cases, matching the largest number we had seen back during the really serious peak in July. That number, we're going to blow right through that.
“And between now and the holidays, we will see numbers much, much larger than even the 67,000 to 75,000 cases. No one has a good story about what to do there.
“And what I mean by a story, this is more than just science. This is bringing people together to understand, why are we doing this?”
"The next six-to-12 weeks are going to be the darkest of the entire pandemic."
Meanwhile, Trump told campaign staffers on a call that Dr Fauci was an "idiot" and said that people are "tired of hearing about Covid."
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