Healthcare workers at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital hold a rally outside their hospital for safer working conditions during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Fountain Valley, California, USA, August 6, 2020. REUTERS / Mike Blake
(Reuters) – The United States set a record for coronavirus cases on Saturday, with more than 5 million people now infected, according to a Reuters report, after the country’s top infectious disease official offered hope earlier this year. weeks that an effective vaccine may be available by the end of the year.
With one in every 66 people infected, the United States leads the world in COVID-19 cases, according to a Reuters analysis. The country has recorded more than 160,000 deaths, nearly a quarter of the world total.
The hot spot comes after President Donald Trump signed executive orders aimed at providing economic relief to Americans affected by the coronavirus pandemic after the White House failed to reach an agreement with Congress.
On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that U.S. employment growth slowed significantly in July, highlighting an urgent need for additional government assistance.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told Reuters on Wednesday that there could be at least one vaccine that works and is safe by the end of the year. But Trump offered a more optimistic picture, saying it was possible the United States would have a coronavirus vaccine by the time of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Reporting by Diane Craft; Edited by Aurora Ellis and Sonya Hepinstall