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The United States topped 62,000 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the country’s highest daily count since it reported more than 66,000 cases on July 31.

Cases in the Midwest began to surge during October. On Thursday, Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, North Dakota, Montana, New Mexico and Colorado tallied new single-day highs for positive test results. Fourteen states exceeded their seven-day averages of new infections.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Two people involved with Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential campaign have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials announced Thursday. Neither person had contact with Biden or his running mate, Sen. Kamala D. Harris, for at least two days before their diagnoses, according to the campaign, but Harris has nevertheless canceled all her travel through the weekend.
  • At least 216,522 fatalities in the United States have been attributed to the coronavirus since February, and more than 7.9 million cases have been reported.
  • Remdesivir, an anti-viral drug by Gilead Sciences, does not prevent deaths or shorten hospital stays for coronavirus patients, according to a World Health Organization study published Thursday.
  • Holding large family gatherings at Thanksgiving this year may be unwise, particularly if elderly relatives or out-of-state travel are involved, the nation’s top infectious-disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, told “CBS Evening News” on Wednesday. Fauci recommended Americans “bite the bullet” and keep their distance, adding that he would heed his own advice: His three children will not be coming home for Thanksgiving because his age puts him at an elevated risk.
  • A hospital in Mumbai has delivered more than 700 babies from coronavirus-positive mothers, and its experience is playing a key role in the global search to understand exactly how the virus affects pregnant women and newborns.
  • University of Oxford scientists announced Thursday that they have developed a rapid antigen test for the coronavirus that they say can offer results in as little as five minutes.
  • Young, healthy people should prepare to wait until 2022 to get a coronavirus vaccine, a top scientist with the World Health Organization warned.
  • The NFL’s Atlanta Falcons closed the team facility and spent Thursday working remotely after a member of the coaching staff tested positive for the coronavirus. There was no immediate change to the status of their game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

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