Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 12 – One Million Cases in 3 Days, Trump Claims Virus ‘is Disappearing’

By Anna Breuer on 11 October 2020
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Health officials around the world recorded one million new coronavirus cases over the past three days, as Europe and the United States saw the virus resurge and cases continued to rise in Brazil, India, and other countries. The figure is the highest total since the start of the pandemic in such a short period of time.

Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump, who was hospitalized with the coronavirus a little over a week ago, spoke to a small gathering from a White House balcony and said that “it is disappearing,” referencing the virus. The White House physician in the meantime said that Trump is no longer contagious.

The United Kingdom, which has seen the highest number of deaths from the pandemic in Europe, saw a record number of new cases on Friday with 20,339 and another record on Saturday with 26,896.

The number of new coronavirus cases in France set a record with 27,000.  This is the first time since the start of the pandemic that new cases exceeded 20,000, health officials there said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a warning stating that even moderately overweight individuals may contract severe cases of the coronavirus.  In the United States, some 40% of the population is obese, and another 32% is merely overweight.

The 45-year-old American comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live was dropped from this past weekend’s live program after he violated coronavirus protocols for the show’s cast that are required by the state of New York.  The move came after he was seen in TikTok videos drinking shots, mingling in crowds, and kissing fans, all while not wearing a face mask or following other social-distancing protocols. He was replaced by rock musician Jack White. The show’s longtime music coordinator, Hal Willner, died as a result of the virus in April.

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