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U.S. reports nearly 100,000 new cases in one day as infections surge in battleground states

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The United States reported nearly 100,000 new coronavirus cases in a day on Friday, setting a record as a fall wave of infections surge in every swing state that will be crucial to next week’s presidential election.

The number of infections nationwide surpassed 9 million reported infections on Friday, just 15 days after the tally hit 8 million. At least 229,000 deaths have been linked to the coronavirus.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Belgian authorities on Friday announced a six-week closure of nonessential businesses and tight limits on social contacts as the country tries to stave off caseloads that could fill hospitals to capacity within a week.
  • A growing number of government scientists and physicians are pushing back against the president’s political agenda when it comes to the pandemic.
  • State health officials say they do not have enough money to distribute a coronavirus vaccine once it is approved.
  • U.S. household spending, the primary engine of the economy, soared in September before coronavirus infections started increasing across the country, fresh economic data shows.
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Belgian authorities on Friday announced a six-week closure of nonessential businesses and tight limits on social contacts as the country tries to stave off caseloads that could fill hospitals to capacity within a week.
A growing number of government scientists and physicians are pushing back against the president’s political agenda when it comes to the pandemic.
State health officials say they do not have enough money to distribute a coronavirus vaccine once it is approved.
U.S. household spending, the primary engine of the economy, soared in September before coronavirus infections started increasing across the country, fresh economic data shows.

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