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USA coronavirus: cases, deaths, stimulus checks and news of 29 October

STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT - OCTOBER 27: Abigail Previlon, 13, packs up following her 8th grade language arts class at Scofield Magnet Middle School on October 27, 2020 in Stamford, Connecticut. Previlon is hearing impaired and requires sign language translati

Coronavirus USA - live updates: 29 October

US coronavirus latest: headlines

More than 40 US states are reporting an increase in coronavirus cases

- "Some semblances of normality" may not return until 2022, says Dr Fauci

US covid-19 latest: 18:00 PT / 21:00 ET on Thursday 29 October (03:00 CET Fri 30 Oct) 

Latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University.


Cases: 44,908,477
Deaths: 1,179,278
Recoveries: 30,229,608


Cases: 8,943,577
Deaths: 228,636
Recoveries: 3,554,336

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Minnesota Secretary of State, a Democrat, made allowance for ballots to be counted after 3 November if they were postmarked by that date in a settlement with a citizens group that had sued the state.   Under that settlement, which was approved by a judge, state election officials could count ballots received until Nov. 10 as long as they are postmarked by Nov. 3. The case was brought by Republicans who challenged absentee ballots being counted that were received after Election Day.

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Global coronavirus cases rose by more than 500,000 for the first time on Wednesday, a record one-day increase as countries across the Northern Hemisphere reported daily spikes.

Global daily covid-19 cases have risen by nearly 25% in less than two weeks as the world witnessed 400,000 daily reported cases for the first time last Friday. Most western countries and parts of Latin America have reported their highest single-day surges in the past few weeks. Many governments, with the notable exception of the United States, have started taking stronger measures to bring the spread of the virus under control.

The global coronavirus tally stands at 44.7 million cases and about 1.17 million deaths. Europe, North America and Latin America account for over 66% of global cases and over 76% of global deaths. Europe's new daily infections have doubled over the past two weeks as it reported more than 250,000 cases for the first time on Wednesday, according to a Reuters tally.

Attendees at Trump rally in North Carolina test positive

Two people who attended President Donald Trump’s rally last week in Gastonia, North Carolina, have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services made the announcement on Thursday.

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Performer Marc Anthony wanted the Trump administration to agree — in writing — that it wouldn’t use his comments for a public service campaign on the coronavirus to be used for President Donald Trump’s reelection.

Actor Dennis Quaid and singers CeCe Winans and Shulem Lemmer taped their PSAs before withdrawing their consent to participate.

Rapper Ludacris, actress Betty White, Britney Spears, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, among others, all turned them down.

NYC showing steady case rise

New York City is recording a slow and steady rise in covid-19 cases, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday, with health officials blaming some of the uptick on out-of-state travelers and indoor gatherings.

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Online shopping boosts Amazon coffers Inc's third-quarter revenue beat Wall Street estimates on Thursday, as the covid-19 pandemic pushed more people to shop online for groceries and other essential items on its platform.

Net sales rose to $96.15 billion in the third quarter ended 30 September from $69.98 billion a year earlier, beating estimates of $92.70 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

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Pop-up, walk-up testing

A woman arrives at a pop-up covid-19 testing site in Los Angeles, California, where testing is walk-up only - no appointments necessary - and results are returned in 48 hours.

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The latest ensemble forecast released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expects the US coronavirus death toll to rise as high as 256,000 by 21 November.

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Normality may not return until 2022 - Dr Fauci

The US’ top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauci, says it may be 2022 before the country brings the coronavirus pandemic under control enough for life to start getting back to normal.

"I think it will be easily by the end of 2021, and perhaps even into the next year, before we start having some semblances of normality," Fauci told an interview with the University of Melbourne on Wednesday.

Fauci added that it is possible a “substantial proportion of the people” won’t receive a covid-19 vaccine until late in 2021.

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US economy notches record growth in third quarter

The US economy grew at an unrivaled pace in the third quarter as the government poured out more than $3 trillion worth of pandemic relief which fueled consumer spending, but the deep scars from the covid-19 recession could take a year or more to heal.

Gross domestic product rebounded at a 33.1% annualized rate last quarter, the Commerce Department said in its advance estimate on Thursday. That was the fastest pace since the government started keeping records in 1947 and followed a historic shrinkage rate of 31.4% in the second quarter.

The GDP report - one of the last major economic scorecards before next week's presidential election - will do little to mitigate the human tragedy inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, with tens of millions Americans still unemployed and more than 222,000 dead.

With five days remaining to Election Day President Donald Trump, trailing in most national opinion polls, will probably seize on the stunning rebound in GDP as a sign of recovery. But US output remains below its level in the fourth quarter of 2019, a fact Trump's Democratic challenger Joe Biden is almost certain to highlight along with signs that the growth spurt is fast petering out.


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White House advisers warn of 'unrelenting' covid-19 spread in Midwest, West

The White House coronavirus task force is warning of a persistent and broad spread of covid-19 in the western half of the United States and its members urged aggressive mitigation measures to curb infections.

The area includes a number of battleground states that will play an important role in Tuesday's US presidential election as Republican President Donald Trump seeks a second term against Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

"We are on a very difficult trajectory. We're going in the wrong direction," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, task force member and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Fauci noted that coronavirus cases are rising in 47 states and patients are overwhelming hospitals across the country. "If things do not change, if they continue on the course we're on, there's gonna be a whole lot of pain in this country with regard to additional cases and hospitalizations, and deaths," Fauci said in an interview with CNBC Wednesday night.

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Fauci says US needed more coordinated response

The former head of the White House coronavirus task force, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has stated that deaths could have been prevented in US if there had been a more coordinated and uniform response to the pandemic. 

“I think we should have had more. I mean obviously we have had a disparate response,” Fauci said in a CNBC interview Wednesday night.

“I have been saying that for months now, that when we have a uniform response where all the states do things in a uniform manner with regard to masks, distancing, avoiding congregate settings, it would have been different than if we did it the way we did it, which was we did it in a disparate way,” he said.

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The US has added another 78,981 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University, with death toll increasing by 994. 

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

Coronavirus live US updates: welcome

Hello and welcome to our live, US-focused coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, which as of 04:15 ET had registered over 44.5 million cases and nearly 1.17 million deaths worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In the US, the world's worst-affected country, there have been more than 8.85 million cases leading to more than 227,700 fatalities, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.


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