President Trump expressed a desire to give voters “a big fat kiss” on Monday as the seven-day rolling average of new coronavirus infections hit new highs in 17 U.S. states.

One week after he was hospitalized with the coronavirus, Trump told supporters at a Florida rally that he was “immune” — though his medical team has said only that he tested negative for the virus on consecutive days and has not provided further details about the timeline of his illness.

“I feel so powerful,” Trump said. “I’ll walk into that audience, I’ll walk in there, I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women … everybody. I’ll just give you a fat kiss.”

While Florida appears to have been able to get what was one of the nation’s worst coronavirus outbreaks under control, caseloads have been steadily climbing in the Midwest and Great Plains.

Some of the states setting records on Monday — including Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming — have been witnessing a surge in infections for weeks. But new highs were also reported in Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and West Virginia.

Six states — Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Wisconsin — additionally set records for coronavirus-related hospitalizations on Monday.

Over the past week, the United States averaged just over 50,000 new coronavirus cases each day.

The Washington Post

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