The US coronavirus outbreak set grim new records on Wednesday: 3,100 Americans died, a new high, whilst the number of virus hospitalizations passed 100,000. — Sinéad Baker, Business Insider News Reporter
The US coronavirus outbreak set grim new records on Wednesday: 3,100 Americans died, a new high, whilst the number of virus hospitalizations passed 100,000. — Sinéad Baker, Business Insider News Reporter
3,000 Americans died from COVID-19 yesterday, with 100,000 more in hospital. The president was obsessing over an election he lost a month ago.
  • The US coronavirus outbreak set grim new records on Wednesday: 3,100 Americans died, a new high, whilst the number of virus hospitalizations passed 100,000.
  • The US is still the worst-affected country in the world, and officials are issuing dire warnings about the months ahead.
  • But President Donald Trump is barely mentioning the virus, still fixating on his election loss a full month after voting ended.
  • On Wednesday, Trump released a 46-minute speech — which he termed the "most important" of his life — that showed clearly where his priorities are.
The same day, President Donald Trump's focus was squarely elsewhere — disputing the outcome of an election which is now a full month ago.

As US healthcare workers and officials are giving dire warnings that the pandemic will worsen still further, Trump is almost totally disengaged.

... While treatments are better than they used to be, the grim reality is that many will never leave hospital alive, instead joining the death statistics in days to come.

Through the whole pandemic, Trump has been criticized for his relatively hands-off approach.

After an initial burst of interest, advisers began to note him going longer and longer without speaking to his COVID-19 task force, or mentioning the virus in public.

... A brief exception was to cheer positive results from vaccine trials, which focused on him seeking to claim credit for the breakthroughs, while baselessly suggesting they were purposely held back until after the election.