The US surpassed 8 million coronavirus cases this week, as experts say a dangerous fall surge of coronavirus infections is well underway.
Here's a look at the latest updates on the pandemic in the US:
- The most new cases since July: The US reported at least 69,000 new Covid-19 infections Friday — the most in a single day since July. Additionally, at least 10 US states reported their highest single-day tallies of new Covid-19 infections Friday.
- Trump events tonight: President Trump is holding rallies in Michigan and Wisconsin this evening. Both states set new records for the highest number of new cases reported in one day on Friday. Meanwhile, a Wisconsin doctor is urging residents to not hold any gatherings as coronavirus cases surge in the state.
- Outbreak tied to Trump rally: In Minnesota, public health officials say they've so far traced at least 20 cases of the virus back to a rally held by President Trump last month, or to related events. Of the 20 cases,16 are among people who attended the rally. Four people said they participated in counter-protests the same day, the state's health department told CNN.
- A possible vaccine plan: In an open letter published Friday by Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla, the company said it plans to apply for emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine as early as November. "Assuming positive data, Pfizer will apply for Emergency Authorization Use in the US soon after the safety milestone is achieved in the third week of November," the letter said.