USA coronavirus live: Trump, stimulus checks, cases, deaths, updates today
US coronavirus latest:
US coronavirus latest: headlines
- Mnuchin says "significant differences" remain with Nancy Pelosi on stimulus package but ensures "we've made a lot of progress in lots of areas"
- US reports over 84,000 new infections, its highest daily case count since July
- New report says 130,000 to 210,000 US deaths could have been avoided
US covid-19 latest: 13:40 PT / 16:40 ET (22:40 CEST) Saturday 24 October
Latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University.
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President Trump has resorted to playground tactics to show he's not scared of covid-19 and doesn't care much for the guidelines.
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Joe Biden warns of a "dark winter"...
...unless Trump manages to control the coronavirus. Democratic rival to the incumbent president Donald Trump, Joe Biden hit the campaign trail on Saturday, speaking at a drive-in rally of supporters in the battleground state of Pennsylvania where he warned of a looming “dark winter” unless the Trump administration does not do a better job at fighting the coronavirus, reported Reuters.
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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner to threatening sue...
... the Lincoln Project over “false, malicious and defamatory” billboards erected in Times Square, New York. The couple have asked for the anti-Tump billboards to be taken down.
Attorney to the president's daughter, Marc Kasowitz warned that if the ads stay up, “we will sue you for what will doubtless be enormous compensatory and punitive damages.” (via Politico)
Casting their early votes
People wait in line to vote at the Barclays Center during early voting for the US Presidential election on October 24, 2020 in the Brooklyn borough in New York City. Due to the coronavirus and social distancing concerns New York State is allowing early voting for the first time. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP)
French hospitals will feel impact of accelerating infections in two weeks - minister
French hospitals cannot avoid the impact of the rapidly spreading coronavirus epidemic, the health minister said on Saturday. The spread of the virus in France has accelerated rapidly in recent weeks, with the total number of confirmed infections exceeding one million on Friday.
"The serious cases arriving in our hospitals today are the result of infections that happened 15 days ago," Health Minister Olivier Veran said after visiting a hospital in Marseille.
"Taking into account the spread of the epidemic today, we know that whatever we do, in 15 days we will see the consequences of these infections," he said.
Two weeks ago, France was registering about 20,000 new daily infections with about 20 people entering intensive care units per day. On Friday, 122 people were admitted to ICU. (Reuters)
White House says $12.2bn given to small businesses in North Carolina
As President Donald Trump hits the campaign trail in North Carolina, the Whites House has claimed that $12.2 billion in loans has been provided almost 130,000 small businesses in the state since the start of the pandemic.
During Thursday's final presidential debate between Trump and Biden, the president said he was against raising the federal minimum wage to $15, citing the damage it could cause to small business owners.
Biden, meanwhile, said he was is in favour of a $15 federal mininum wage, but argued that the government would have to bail out small businesses struggling because of the pandemic.
Democratic US presidential nominee Joe Biden negative for covid-19 - campaign
Democratic US presidential nominee Joe Biden tested negative for covid-19 on Saturday, his campaign said in a statement.
Biden continues to lead the polls heading towards the 3 November election, with the average of 10 polls putting the Democratic candidate 5 to 6 points ahead of the incumbent Trump.
Italy sets new daily case record, as UK hits over 23,000
Europe's second wave is in full flow, with Italy setting another daily record tally in the last 24-hours. The country where Europe's first wave orginated back in February registered a record 19,644 new coronavirus cases on Saturday. Meanwhile, Britain recorded 23,012 new covid-19 cases on Saturday, up from 20,530 on Friday.
Former FDA commissioner says US will face challenge in fall
As the US nears 8.5 million coronavirus cases, the former commisioner of FDA has warned the situation will likely get worse over the coming months.
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New Florida resident Trump casts presidential ballot for himself
US President Donald Trump voted in his new home state of Florida on Saturday, casting his ballot for his re-election at a public library across the street from one of his golf clubs. Trump, wearing a mask to prevent the spread of coronavirus, voted using a paper ballot. Supporters gathered in the library parking lot chanted 'four more years' as he voted inside.
"It was a very secure vote, much more secure than when you send in a ballot," Trump said, repeating unfounded allegations that mail-in voting is more susceptible to fraud. "I voted for a guy named Trump," he said.
Trump's stop at the voting location in West Palm Beach, Florida, was the first event in what will be a long day on the campaign trail with events in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Trump changed his residency from New York to Florida a year ago. In 2016, he and his wife, Melania, had voted at Public School 59 just a few blocks from Trump Tower in Manhattan. He voted by absentee ballot in the 2018 midterm elections, a White House spokesman said at the time. His vote in Florida, a swing state, is about 5 miles from the oceanfront Mar-a-Lago club that is now his residence. Trump had requested an absentee ballot but decided to vote in person.
"I like being able to vote. I’m old fashioned I guess," Trump told thousands on Friday at a rally at The Villages, Florida. (Reuters)
Why the Pennsylvania vote count might throw U.S. into political crisis
Here in the birthplace of American democracy, election officials are scrambling to prepare for a presidential vote they fear could plunge the nation into a historic political crisis.
Philadelphia’s Board of Elections plans to move its counting operations to a 125,000-square foot space in the city’s convention center. Dozens of staffers, feeding expensive new machines to open envelopes and process mail-in ballots, will spend days tallying hundreds of thousands of votes - under intense scrutiny from partisan observers. The workers likely will discard thousands of ballots that are not properly completed or do not arrive in a special “secrecy envelope.”
Outside, police officers redeployed from their neighborhood districts will conduct round-the-clock patrols to guard against violence among protesters.
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IOC chief Bach says Olympic Games cannot be 'marketplace of demonstrations
'International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach said the Olympic Games are not about politics and must guard against becoming a "marketplace of demonstrations".
Against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement to protest racial injustice, calls have increased this year for a change to Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter, which bans any form political protest during the Games.
World Athletics chief Sebastian Coe said earlier this month he believes athletes should have the right to make gestures of political protest during the Games, contrary to official IOC policy.
"The Olympic Games are firstly about sport. The athletes personify the values of excellence, solidarity and peace," Bach wrote in The Guardian.
"They express this inclusiveness and mutual respect also by being politically neutral on the field of play and during the ceremonies. At times this focus on sport needs to be reconciled with the freedom of speech all athletes also enjoy at the Games.
NBA target late December start to new season
The NBA is targeting Dec. 22 for the start of the 2020-21 season and a 72-game campaign that finishes before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Netanyahu sidesteps Trump's invitation to belittle Biden
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu passed up an opportunity to knock Joe Biden today, seemingly deflating President Donald Trump in the presence of reporters in the Oval Office.
U.S. may file antitrust charges against Facebook as soon as November
Facebook Inc may face U.S. anti-trust charges as soon as November, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing four people familiar with the matter.
The Federal Trade Commission met privately on Thursday to discuss a probe while state attorneys general under the leadership of New York's Letitia James have been scrutinizing the company for potential threats to competition, the newspaper reported.
The timeline could still change, the newspaper said, adding that state attorneys general are in the late stages of preparing their complaint.
Texas appeals court says state may not limit ballot drop-off sites
A Texas appeals court on Friday ruled the Republican governor cannot limit drop-off sites for mail ballots to one per county, a setback for U.S. President Donald Trump. Upholding a lower court decision, the appeals court ruled against Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals agreed with the lower court that limiting the number of drop boxes would increase the risk that voters could get infected with COVID-19, and would infringe on their right to vote.
Trump has repeatedly criticized mail-in ballots, claiming without evidence they would lead to widespread fraud. Trump, a Republican, faces Democrat Joe Biden in the race for the White House on Nov. 3.
Trump delivers his verdict on new Borat film
"As you know, a few ago, you know, he tried to scam me, and I was the only one who said no way," Trump said, according to reporter Steve Herman as he boarded his private plane. "That's a phony guy and I don't find him funny."
"Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," was released yesterday on Amazon Prime, sees Baron Cohen back in character as racist, sexist Kazakh journalist Borat Sagdiyev who once again travels to America.
This time, the plot revolves around his attempts to marry off his 15 year-old daughter to Vice President Mike Pence or, failing that, Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York now best known as President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.
Polish President Andrzej Duda tests positive
Polish President Andrzej Duda has tested positive for coronavirus and is subject to quarantine but is feeling good, presidential minister Blazej Spychalski announced on Saturday.
“The president yesterday was tested for the presence of coronavirus. The result turned out to be positive. The president is fine. We are in constant contact with the relevant medical services" he stated.
Second Brazilian company to produce Russia's Sputnik covid-19 vaccine
A Brazilian pharmaceutical company said on Friday it has signed an agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to produce Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against covid-19 starting in the second half of November.
The private company União Quimica said on Friday that it was bound by a confidentiality agreement not to give any technical or scientific details. It still must obtain approval from Brazil's health regulator Anvisa.
This is the second agreement to produce the Russian vaccine in Brazil, where four other vaccines are already being tested. The Russian vaccine is being developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Research Institute and marketed by the RDIF, which last month also entered an agreement with the Brazilian state of Paraná to test and produce the vaccine.
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The antiviral drug, also known as Veklury, aided President Donald Trump's recovery from the virus and will now be made available to hospitalised Americans.
Pelosi, Mnuchin to speak again when 'progress is made' on U.S. covid-19 aid -Pelosi spokesman
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remains hopeful a deal on coronavirus relief can be reached with the White House soon, a Pelosi spokesman wrote on Twitter.
Congressional committees and staff will work on a possible deal through the weekend, and Pelosi and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin "will speak again once additional progress is made," the spokesman, Drew Hammill, said.
Trump to vote in Florida before hitting campaign trail, Biden heads to Pennsylvania
President Donald Trump will vote in his adopted home of Florida before holding campaign rallies in three swing states on Saturday, joining more than 53 million Americans who have cast early ballots at a record-setting pace ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
Trump will vote in person in West Palm Beach, near his Mar-a-Lago estate, after switching his permanent residence and voter registration last year from New York to Florida, a must-win battleground for his re-election bid.
Democratic rival Joe Biden and his wife Jill also will hit the campaign trail, traveling to the vital battleground of Pennsylvania for two events on Saturday. Former President Barack Obama will campaign in Florida, making his second campaign-trail appearance on behalf of his former vice president after a stop in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
With 10 days to go in the campaign, about 53.5 million Americans already have cast early ballots, a pace that could lead to the highest voter turnout in more than a century, according to data from the U.S. Elections Project.
U.S. breaks daily record for coronavirus cases with over 84,000 new cases
The United States broke its daily record for new coronavirus infections on Friday as it reported 84,218 new cases due to outbreaks in virtually every part of the country, according to a Reuters tally.
The spike in cases comes less than two weeks before the presidential election on Nov. 3 and is hitting battleground states such as Ohio, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. On Thursday, the United States reported a near-record 76,195 new cases.
The previous record was 77,299 new cases on July 16. At the time, hospitalizations for covid-19 patients hit 47,000 and two weeks later deaths rose to an average of 1,200 per day.
Now, hospitalizations are over 41,000 and deaths average nearly 800 per day. Sixteen states had record one-day increases in new cases on Friday and 11 reported a record number of hospitalized covid-19 patients.
Brazil reports 30,026 new coronavirus cases, 571 deaths
Brazil recorded 30,026 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, and 571 deaths from covid-19, the Health Ministry said on Friday. Brazil has registered more than 5.3 million cases of the virus since the pandemic began, while the official death toll has risen to 156,471, according to ministry data.
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In pictures: A person kneels down in front of the art installation 'IN AMERICA How Could This Happen...' by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, on the DC Armory Parade Ground, in Washington D.C., U.S., October 23, 2020. (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)
Brazil institute to import Chinese COVID-19 vaccine rejected by Bolsonaro
Brazilian regulator Anvisa on Friday authorized a biomedical center to import 6 million doses of the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, one day after President Jair Bolsonaro said Brazil would not buy the Chinese vaccine.
Sao Paulo's Butantan Institute plans to initially import Sinovac's vaccine, which is in phase 3 trials conducted with the help of a local university and not yet approved for wider use in Brazil. Butantan would ultimately manufacture the vaccine if proven effective. Brazil's Sao Paulo governor João Doria said earlier on Friday that Anvisa told him it will not bow to political pressure over the approval of potential coronavirus vaccines. (Reuters)
Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine trial to resume soon - Washington Post
Johnson & Johnson's coronavirus vaccine trial will resume very soon after investigators concluded a participant's illness was unrelated to the vaccine, the Washington Post reported on Friday, citing two people familiar with the matter. (Reuters)
AstraZeneca, Oxford allowed to resume covid-19 vaccine trial in US - WSJ
The covid-19 vaccine trial being undertaken by Astrazeneca and Oxford University will resume in the United States, according to a WSJ source after a decision was approved by the federal health authorities.
Mnunchin gives update on stimulus talks
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has given an update on stimulus talks during a press briefing at the oval office:
“The President’s been very clear in his instructions to me. That if we can get the right deal we’re going to do that.”
“We’ve been speaking to the (House) speaker (Nancy Pelosi). I would say we’ve offered compromises. The speaker, on a number of issues, has still dug in. If she wants to compromise, there will be a deal.
"But we’ve made lots of progress in lots of areas, but there’s still some significant differences that we’re working on."
US records highest daily case count since July
The United States registered 71,671 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, per CNN and Johns Hopkins University. This is the country’s largest single-day case count since 24 July, and its fourth-highest ever, notes CNN reporter Ryan Struyk.
The US’ worst day so far was 16 July, when it reported 77,255 fresh covid-19 cases.