A surge in COVID-19 cases led to the U.S reaching a record number of daily infections for a second day running on Saturday, with almost 89,000 new cases. Hospitalizations are also rising and have hit a two-month high and deaths are also trending upwards, according to a Reuters tally.
With eight days until Election Day, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are charging full steam ahead with a breakneck campaign schedule that has them criss-crossing the country with large-scale events in critical battleground states and defiant in their handling of the coronavirus pandemic despite another White House outbreak and a climbing national case count.
Asked why Mr. Pence was not following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to quarantine for 14 days after such exposure, Meadows on Sunday cited the vice president's status as "essential personnel".
Meanwhile, coronavirus cases across the United States soared to almost 72,000 new cases on Friday, not long after the US Surgeon General Dr Jerome Adams warned it could be the worst week since the pandemic began.
It marked the latest coronavirus infections in the White House, which have included Trump, first lady Melania Trump, their son Barron and numerous aides and associates. "Campaign events are not essential".
We all know that the Trump administration is doing nothing to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Pence "reportedly intends to come" to the Senate chamber to preside over the final vote, and blasted the vice president for being willing to put "the health of everyone who works in this building at risk".
Mr Pence is due to travel to North Carolina for a rally on Sunday.
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Joshua Sharfstein, vice-dean for public health practice at Johns Hopkins University, said he did not believe Mr Pence should be making public appearances.
As recently as Saturday, the president suggested the United States might already have a vaccine if it were not for "politics", renewing unfounded allegations that actors inside government agencies have been working to slow the development of an inoculant to hurt his chances at re-election.
Meanwhile, a fire was set Sunday in a Boston ballot drop box holding more than 120 ballots in what appears to have been a 'deliberate attack, ' MA election officials said.
Dr Ali Nouri, a molecular biologist and president of the Federation of American Scientists, noted that Pence's "negative test does not mean he is virus-free".
"President Trump has accomplished more in 47 months than Joe Biden has in 47 years of failure", Murtaugh added.
"He's waved the white flag on life", Trump said.
"Donald Trump said, and is still saying, 'we're rounding the corner.
Even without the vaccines, we're rounding the turn", Trump told a crowd of cheering supporters on Sunday, many not wearing protective masks or observing social-distancing recommendations.
Biden has maintained a stable lead of around 10 points in national polls, and narrower leads in battleground states like Florida that typically decide the victor of U.S. presidential elections.