US stock index futures dropped on Monday, as rising coronavirus cases and a standstill in Washington over the next fiscal aid bill discouraged the economic forecast in the run up to November 3 presidential elections.

New infections touched record levels in the US over the weekend with El Paso in Texas asking citizens to remain at home for the following two weeks. 

Travel-oriented stocks that are vulnerable to coronavirus news including American Airlines (AAL) and Booking Holdings Inc (BKNG) dropped 3% and 2%, respectively, before the bell.

Wall Street’s main indexes closed last week lower as investors closely kept track of talks over the next round of fiscal package, while economic data indicated a sluggish recovery.