NewsNet 13 Oct 2020

Seasonal Surge in U.S. COVID-19 Cases Begins


According to data from John Hopkins University, one-third of U.S. states are reporting the highest counts of COVID they've seen since the pandemic started.

Despite two seemingly effective COVID-19 vaccine candidates, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the U.S. National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, tells CBC News it's not yet time to celebrate.

The US presidential candidates are making their final push to win over voters in the states where the race will be close.
President Donald Trump is campaigning in Wisconsin, where COVID-19 cases are rising fast, and claimed before several thousand supporters that the coronavirus was going away.
Campaigning in Georgia, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden said unlike Trump, he would make tackling the pandemic a priority.
So far nearly 70 million Americans have already voted - a record that could lead to the highest voter turnout in a century.

Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna reports from Washington, DC, the US.
The number of organ transplants in Brazil plunged since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. And efforts now are to get them back on track.

According to the Brazilian Association of Organ Transplants such procedures dropped by 61% between April and June this year - compared to 2019. The death rate among people on the official waiting list for organs grew more than 44% in the same period.
European leaders are being urged to act fast and stop the renewed spread of COVID-19.
New daily coronavirus infections have more than doubled over the past 10 days around the continent.
In France, scientists are warning the virus is spreading faster than the first wave. And Spain's prime minister says there are as many as three million people infected there.
Al Jazeera's Andrew Simmons reports on the situation in Europe.

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