Just one week after the U.S. surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 cases in a single day for the first time, the U.S. has set a new one-day record of almost 143,000, while hospitalizations rose above 65,000 for the first time since the start of the outbreak.
The U.S. recorded 142,860 new infections on Wednesday, according to a New York Times tracker, and at least 1,431 people died.
The U.S. has set record case numbers six times in just eight days and has averaged 128,096 cases a day in the past week, a 69% increase from just two weeks ago, reports Marketwatch. Cases are higher and rising in 49 states and territories and the Dakotas are seeing the worst per-capita increases.
The White House has made no comment on the surge in new infections, leaving it to individual states and municipalities to take charge.
However, President Trump did break his silence on Thursday to rage against Fox News and spread dangerous conspiracy theories undermining public confidence in the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Trump tweeted: “@FoxNews daytime ratings have completely collapsed. Weekend daytime even WORSE. Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews!”
Covid is currently at record highs. Six American troops just died in a helicopter crash. And this is what Trump is tweeting about. https://t.co/8DjdpFxmx6
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) November 12, 2020
Trump then shared an all-caps tweet falsely claiming that millions of votes had been deleted: “REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN.” @ChanelRion @OANN”
Lolololol!!!!! You cray cray bro… stop watching AON and go get some help https://t.co/LxnUqKFuaC
— Kevin McKidd (@TheRealKMcKidd) November 12, 2020
Michigan Secretary of State on report that sparked Dominion conspiracy: "The software did not cause a misallocation of votes; it was a result of user human error. Even when human error occurs, it is caught during county canvasses." https://t.co/NMyGZdrdh5https://t.co/ZdvQwrAvaX
— John McCormack (@McCormackJohn) November 12, 2020