Coronavirus News Update for Oct. 23 – In Debates, Trump Says the Virus is ‘Going Away’ While Biden Predicts a ‘Dark Winter’

By Anna Breuer on 23 October 2020
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The coronavirus showed no signs of going away with figures on the rise in the United States, even as President Trump, in the final presidential debate, which took place Thursday night, said that the virus was “going away.” Meanwhile, his challenger, former Vice President Biden, countered with warnings of a “dark winter” ahead.  When the president said “we’re learning to live with [the coronavirus]” the former vice president retorted, “we’re learning to die with it.”

As of Friday morning, more than 42.13 million people worldwide and 8.4 million people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 1.14 million worldwide have died, with over 223,000 of those in the United States.

Thursday’s total of 75,064 new cases was the fourth highest since the start of the pandemic and the highest since July 24. Thirty-two states report a rising number of Covid-19 infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Eight states reported a record number of cases, while a different eight states reported record high hospitalizations.

Five countries in Europe, namely Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, and Switzerland, have the highest rate of new coronavirus infections per capita according to data from Johns Hopkins University, but Italy, Poland, and the United Kingdom are not far behind.

Countries on the Continent are scrambling for hospital beds. Poland turned its largest stadium into a field hospital, while in the Czech Republic, doctors and nurses are contracting the virus at a high rate.

Health officials in France reported 41,622 new cases Friday morning. The country is paying the price for ending its lockdown too soon, Gilles Pialoux, the head of infectious diseases at Tenon Hospital, said in an interview with BFM, the country’s most-watched 24-hour news channel.

Meanwhile, in Spain, the country’s prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, told reporters that “the situation is serious” and asked residents to limit their mobility to fight a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Food and Drug Administration in the United States approved the drug remdesivir for the treatment of the coronavirus.  The drug, manufactured by Gilead Sciences, has been used under emergency authorization since May.  It is indicated for those patients requiring hospitalization and should only be administered in a hospital setting.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

 

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