Decision 2020: Coronavirus & The Campaigns

COVID-19 infections hit a new daily record, with 77,000 identified President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden enter prepare for their final days on the campaign trail. NBC's Susan McGinnis reports.

(NBC News) — As President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden faced each other on the debate stage Thursday, the COVID-19 pandemic was a main topic of focus…just as it reached another grim milestone.

With cases surging nationwide, 77,000 new cases were diagnosed Thursday, a new daily record.

“We are rounding the turn…rounding the corner, it’s going away,” President Trump said of the pandemic.

Mr. Biden’s assessment was less optimistic, and more in line with the facts.

“We’re about to go into a dark winter and he has no clear plan,” Biden said of the president.

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