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Deaths rise, stocks plunge, as feared wave of COVID-19 cases hits nearly every state
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Deaths rise, stocks plunge, as feared wave of COVID-19 cases hits nearly every state


Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in nearly every state.

With Election Day just over a week away, average deaths per day across the country are up 10% over the past two weeks, from 721 to nearly 794 as of Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

Newly confirmed infections per day are rising in 47 states, and deaths are up in 34, despite assurances from President Donald Trump over the weekend that “we’re rounding the turn, we’re doing great.”

Health experts had warned that it was only a matter of time before deaths turned upward, given the record-breaking surge in cases engulfing the country. Deaths are a lagging indicator — that is, it generally takes a few weeks for people to sicken and die from the coronavirus.

Stocks plunged with no stimulus in sight and the prospect of further economic disruption as cases and deaths rise. The skid came as doubts mount on Wall Street that Washington will come through with more stimulus for the economy before Election Day.

The S&P 500 slid 1.9%, its biggest single-day decline in more than a month. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 650 points after having been down more than 960 during the heaviest selling.

More developments today

  • Trump is intensifying his already breakneck travel schedule in the final full week of the presidential campaign despite growing worries about the coronavirus nationwide.
  • Prospects for more federal economic stimulus this year appear all but dead, clouding the future for the unemployed, for small businesses and for the U.S. economy as a whole.
  • A French doctor warns that his country has “lost control of the epidemic,” a day after health authorities reported more than 52,000 new coronavirus infections. The grim assessment came as nations across Europe enacted more sweeping restrictions to slow surging infection rates.
  • Several Fox News Channel executives and on-air personalities were exposed last week to a person on a private plane who later tested positive for COVID-19. It has led to some restrictions at the network.

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