All Lives (and Votes) Count

Staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 ICU at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. October 31, 2020. Image: Go Nakamura/Getty
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Staff treat a patient in the COVID-19 ICU at United Memorial Medical Center in Houston. October 31, 2020. Image: Go Nakamura/Getty

The US woke up today to murky presidential election results and a worsening coronavirus outlook. 

While the pandemic seemingly trailed the economy as voters' top concern, according to a Washington Post analysis of exit polls, infections are rising in all but 3 states, the AP reports

Hospitalizations are also shooting up, breaching 50,000 total yesterday, according to Reuters.

Across the Atlantic: COVID-19 is accelerating across Europe, according to another AP article

  • European countries recorded a 46% increase in deaths compared to last week.

  • France, Italy, and the UK reported the highest numbers of new cases; Andorra, the Czech Republic, and Belgium reported the highest rate per capita.

  • Infections spiked in Russia, which now has the world’s fourth-highest reported caseload, with 1.6 million+ coronavirus infections confirmed.


In response, Russia, Germany and the UK are expanding testing, while Austria, Greece and Sweden are joining Italy, France, Kosovo, and Croatia in adding new restrictions.

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