Coronavirus Surge, 2020 Election, M.L.B. Playoffs: Your Weekend Briefing

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Here are the week’s top stories, and a look ahead

1. Exhaustion and impatience are creating new risks as coronavirus cases soar in parts of the world. Nearly 40 million people have been infected globally.

The U.S. surpassed eight million known cases this past week, and reported more than 70,000 new infections on Friday, the most in a single day since July. Eighteen states added more new infections during the past week than in any other during the pandemic.

4. The election has become a referendum on the soul of the nation. Everyone, it seems, is fighting for it.

“We will govern as we campaigned — positively,” Ms. Ardern said in her acceptance speech, adding: “We will build back better from the Covid crisis. This is our opportunity.”

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