U.S sets new daily infection record

The United States has logged another record number of new coronavirus cases in a day, as the country is in the grips of the third and biggest wave of the pandemic.

Data released by Johns Hopkins University on Friday showed that 187,833 infections were reported the day before.

The figure exceeds the last daily record by over 10,000.

The U.S. on Thursday logged 2,015 deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to the university’s tracker, marking the first time since the beginning of May that the number of fatalities surpassed 2,000.

Hospitalisations are also at record highs, straining health care systems.

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The U.S. which has a population of around 330 million, has seen far more deaths and cases than any other nation, recording more than 252,500 fatalities and 11.7 million infections since the start of the pandemic.

Multiple states are cracking down with new restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a month-long curfew, requiring nearly all of the state’s 40 million residents to stay at home between 10 p.m and 5 a.m (0600 and 1300 GMT).

U.S. health authorities have urged Americans to stay home for Thanksgiving next week, a major U.S. holiday which usually sees families gather.

In promising news, U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German firm BioNTech said they will apply on Friday to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the emergency use of their COVID-19 vaccine.

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U.S. officials hope that some 20 million people could be inoculated by the end of the year.