It is expected that millions of Americans will participate in the 2020 presidential election today as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, with the Midwest and Western states particularly hard hit.
The states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Montana, Iowa, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Illinois are currently the worst affected states in terms of the average daily number of cases per 100,000 population, according to the New York Times COVID tracker. These are also the places where the rate of new cases has increased in the last seven days and remains high.
Wisconsin is one of the most important battleground states that President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden will try to claim to win the election. Already, the number of early voting in the Swing State has exceeded the 2016 total turnout by 60 percent as people try to avoid personal voting during the pandemic. In 2016, Trump turned the state into a red zone with less than 23,000 votes.
Areas in the Midwest and West have become the country’s newest COVID 19 hotspots after the virus first devastated the northeast in the spring and parts of the south and west in the summer.
The table below shows the total number of coronavirus cases in the currently worst-affected states and the average daily number of cases per 100,000 population over the past seven days, according to the New York Times COVID-19 tracker.
State Total number of cases Daily new cases on average in
of the last 7 days per 100.000
North Dakota 46,020 145.7
South Dakota 47,850 130.9
Wisconsin 244,974 80.6
Montana 34,317 76.7
Iowa 132,516 76.7
Wyoming 14,167 66.4
Nebraska 72,631 60
Illinois 431,281 52.1
As has been the case for months, the USA leads the world in coronavirus cases and deaths, as the Statista graph below shows. The number of cases is over 9.2 million of the total of 46.8 million infections worldwide. More than 231,000 people have died, out of a total of 1.2 million. This is more American casualties than in the conflicts in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and the First World War combined.
President Donald Trump, whom voters will judge in part by his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, has repeatedly claimed in recent weeks that the country is turning the tide on COVID-19. Earlier this year he admitted to downplay the outbreak of the US pandemic in order not to cause panic.
However, the US has broken records for cases in recent days, including on Friday when it reported the most diagnoses in a single day for a country with 99,321.
On Monday, the coordinator of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, warned in a report that the country “is entering the most worrying and deadly phase of this pandemic… leading to rising mortality,” the Washington Post reported.
Birx called for “much more aggressive action” by the Trump administration, predicting that the country could see more than 100,000 new cases this week. A White House official confirmed the content of the report to the New York Times.
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