Trump, coronavirus latest: headlines
– Fauci says Trump campaign took his words out of context in new ad, and never gave campaign consent to use clip
– Twitter again flags Donald Trump’s tweets as ‘misleading’ after president claims he is ‘immune’ from coronavirus
– Pelosi says White House $1.8tn stimulus offer is “one step forward, two steps back”
US covid-19 latest: 03:30 PT / 06:30 ET on Monday 12 October (12:30 CEST)
Latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University.
‘Uninhabitable hell’: Climate change and disease threaten millions, UN warns
A jump in climate-related disasters this century, along with the global coronavirus pandemic, show political and business leaders are failing to stop the planet turning into “an uninhabitable hell” for millions, the United Nations said on Monday.
The last two decades saw the number of disasters caused by extreme weather nearly double to 6,681, up from 3,656 between 1980 and 1999, according to a report issued ahead of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction on 13 October.
Worsening floods and storms accounted for about four-fifths of the total from 2000-2019 but major increases were also recorded for droughts, wildfires and heatwaves.
“We are wilfully destructive. That is the only conclusion one can come to“, with action on climate change and other major threats lagging, said Mami Mizutori, the UN Secretary-General’s special representative for disaster risk deduction.
“Covid-19 is but the latest proof that political and business leaders are yet to tune into the world around them,” she added in a statement.
In the past 20 years, there were nearly 7,350 major recorded disasters, including earthquakes and tsunamis, which claimed more than 1.2 million lives and affected 4.2 billion people.
Trump tries to put covid-19 behind him with campaign rally in Florida
President Donald Trump will try to put his bout with covid-19 behind him when he returns to the campaign trail on Monday, beginning a three-week sprint to the 3 November election with a rally in the vital battleground state of Florida.
The event at an airport in Sanford, Florida, will be Trump’s first campaign rally since he disclosed on 2 October that he tested positive for covid-19. Trump, who spent three days in the hospital for treatment, said on Sunday he was fully recovered and no longer infectious, but did not say directly whether he had tested negative for the virus.
The Republican president is seeking to change the dynamics of a race that opinion polls show he is losing to Democratic rival Joe Biden just 21 days before Election Day.
For months, Trump had worked furiously to shift public attention away from the virus and his handling of the pandemic, which has infected nearly 7.7 million people in the United States, killed more than 214,000 and put millions out of work.
But his own illness has put the spotlight squarely on his coronavirus response during the closing stretch of the race.
Biden, in a sign of fresh optimism as he leads Trump in national and many key state polls, heads on Monday to Ohio, a state Trump won by 8 percentage points in 2016. It is Biden’s second campaign trip in as many weeks to Ohio, which was once thought out of reach but where polls now show a tight race.
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Fauci says his remarks were taken out of context in Trump ad
Top U.S. infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Sunday he had not agreed to be featured in an ad by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign and that his comments were taken out of context.
The ad, released last week, discusses Trump’s effort to recover from the coronavirus personally, as well as his administration’s work to address the pandemic. The 30-second spot uses older remarks from Fauci in a way that suggests he was praising the president.
“I can’t imagine that anybody could be doing more,” the ad shows Fauci saying. But those remarks are from a March interview, where Fauci, who has been director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984, was discussing the broader effort, including by the White House coronavirus task force.