Oct 31, 2020 07:55 UTC
  • Trump says US doctors profiting from COVID-19 deaths

US President Donald Trump has accused doctors of profiting from COVID-19 deaths while cases, hospitalizations and deaths surge across the country.

The United States set a new record for coronavirus cases confirmed in a single 24-hour period on Friday, reporting more than 100,000 new infections, according to a Reuters tally.

"Our doctors get more money if someone dies from COVID. You know that, right? I mean our doctors are very smart people. So what they do is they say 'I'm sorry but everybody dies of COVID,' “Trump said on Friday while peaking at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He did not cite any evidence to substantiate his claims.

He also slammed Democratic governors who have imposed restrictions to slow the coronavirus's spread, and warned Biden would not to allow gatherings for holidays or other special occasions if elected the president of the United States.

"You've got to open up your state and you've got to do it fast!" Trump, who has repeatedly downplayed the virus, told his supporters, many of whom were not wearing masks.

Meanwhile, Trump’s Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, said on Friday that the president has surrendered to the pandemic.

Biden accused the incumbent president of "giving up" in the fight against the coronavirus and advised him to avoid attacking medical personnel who are treating the victims.

"Unlike Donald Trump, we will not surrender to this virus," he said at a rally in St. Paul, Minnesota, referring to the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed nearly 230,000 people in the United States and cost millions more their jobs.

With just three days to go before the November 3 election, the United States faces a record surge of coronavirus cases as the country passed nine million reported coronavirus cases on Friday, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University.