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Fact check: Trump continues to falsely claim that spike in coronavirus cases is due to heightened testing - CNN
President Donald Trump has claimed over and over in the past week -- at campaign rallies, on Twitter and in an interview with "60 Minutes" -- that the US is only seeing so many coronavirus cases because the country is doing so much testing.
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has claimed over and over in the past week -- at campaign rallies, on Twitter and in an interview with "60 Minutes" -- that the US is only seeing so many coronavirus cases because the country is doing so much testing. "Cases up because we TEST, TEST, TEST. A Fake News Media Conspiracy," he wrote on Twitter on Monday morning. Trump made similar claims during the summer spike in cases. They were flat wrong then, as we explained in a July fact check, and they are flat wrong now. Facts First: The spike in US coronavirus cases is not being caused by an increase in testing. The number of confirmed new cases is increasing at a faster rate than the number of new tests. And the number of hospitalizations and deaths is also rising, which shows that, contrary to Trump's repeated claims, the increase in the case numbers isn't merely being caused by tests capturing mild cases. Taken together, the numbers tell a consistent story: the situation in the US is genuinely getting worse. "To say that cases aren't actually increasing is to deny reality," Dr. Tom Frieden, who served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under President Barack Obama, said in a Sunday email. "Not only are cases and infections increasing, but hospitalizations -- which follow case increases by several weeks -- and deaths -- which follow hospitalization increases by a week or two -- are also increasing. What's more, the proportion of tests that are positive has increased, and this correlates with increased actual spread of infection." Frieden added: "The most reliable information is positivity, and this increased in all regions of the country." The national positivity rate as of Saturday was 6.1%, per Johns Hopkins University data, up from 4.6% a month prior. If the increase in reported cases "were due to a very high level of testing, we would expect to see the percentage of tests that are positive be very low, certainly less than 3%. However that is not what we are seeing," said Aubree Gordon, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan. On Friday, the US set a new record for reported daily coronavirus cases: 83,757, according to Johns Hopkins data. Through Saturday, the seven-day average for daily new cases was 66,970 -- the highest since late July. The increase in daily cases is far outpacing the increase in daily testing. The COVID Tracking Project, an initiative that assembles and analyzes coronavirus data, tweeted on Saturday that "tests rose 3.8% from a week ago, while cases are up 20.6%." Trump has repeatedly suggested that the increase in confirmed cases is happening simply because tests are capturing cases like the one he says his 14-year-old son Barron experienced. Barron, he has been telling his rally crowds, recovered in "seconds" with no significant problems. But the hospitalization numbers prove that many new Covid-19 patients are getting quite sick. Eleven states set new records on Saturday or Sunday for the number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus, according to COVID Tracking Project data. The national number of hospitalizations hit 41,882 on Saturday, according to the tracking project, the highest level since late August. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams told a virtual conference on Friday that "we're starting to see hospitalizations go up in 75% of our jurisdictions across the country." "Since the week ending September 26 ... weekly hospitalization rates have increased for all age groups combined, driven primarily by an increase in rates among adults aged 50 years and older," the CDC said in its report for the week ending October 17. You can already see the impact of the hospitalization spike in communities around the country. Amid a surge in El Paso, the government of Texas has converted a convention center into a makeshift hospital to free up space in regular hospitals. With the Wisconsin health system "being overwhelmed," according to Gov. Tony Evers, the state has opened a field hospital at the park where its state fair is held. Some Utah hospitals have had to open overflow intensive care units because the permanent units have been filled. "Our hospitals are being overwhelmed and the stress they are experiencing is unsustainable," Gov. Gary Herbert tweeted on Thursday. One piece of good news Trump has accurately touted is the fact that treatment for the coronavirus has improved, which means a smaller percentage of hospitalized people are dying today than at the outset of the pandemic. But as Frieden noted, the number of deaths is nonetheless starting to rise. The seven-day average as of Saturday was 800 deaths per day, up from 738 a month prior. Testing doesn't create cases Despite all the troubling data, Trump has continued to lean on the same false message that testing produces cases. Trump said the exact same thing at a Wisconsin rally on Saturday and in his "60 Minutes" interview: "If we did half the testing, we'd have half the cases." This is, of course, not true -- in both obvious and less obvious ways. The obvious: testing does not cause cases to exist. If the government does not record someone's coronavirus infection, that person still has the coronavirus. In addition, testing is a pandemic-fighting tool that, over time, should help reduce the number of actual cases in the community. Doing testing informs people they are infected and should prompt them to take steps to avoid spreading the virus to others. (It is also essential to the process of contact tracing.) Finally, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who served under Trump as commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration from 2017 to 2019, has noted on Twitter that demand for tests rises as more people experience symptoms of the virus. So the quantity of tests conducted is driven in part by the spread of the virus. Trump's attempts to wave away the spike in cases is part of his months-long effort to minimize the severity of the crisis. As he has dismissed the rising case numbers, he has also continued to falsely claim that the country is "rounding the corner" on the pandemic, though all of the key trendlines are rising, and that the pandemic is "going away," though he has been baselessly making that claim for more than eight months. Experts have been clear: the situation is likely to worsen, not improve, in the late fall and in the winter, as temperatures drop and people spend more time indoors. "We're likely to see a very dense epidemic. I think we're right now at the cusp of what's going to be exponential spread in parts of the country," Gottlieb said on CNBC on Monday morning.
Senate to advance Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination in key procedural vote - CNN
The Senate is set to take a key procedural vote Sunday to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, paving the way for a final confirmation vote, which will likely take place Monday evening, just days before the November 3 election where con…
Washington (CNN)The Senate is set to take a key procedural vote Sunday to advance Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, paving the way for a final confirmation vote, which will likely take place Monday evening, just days before the November 3 election where control of Congress and the White House are at stake. The Sunday vote would be to break a Democratic filibuster of her nomination. Democrats want to prevent the conservative jurist from being elevated to the high court for a lifetime appointment. It is expected to succeed with the support of most Senate Republicans, who hold a majority in the upper chamber and have pushed ahead with one of the quickest nomination proceedings in modern times following the death of the late Justice and liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month. The confirmation battle has played out in a bitterly-divided Senate, but the outcome has not been in question for much of the fight. With few exceptions, Senate Republicans quickly lined up in support of Barrett after her nomination by President Donald Trump, and the judge is on track to be confirmed despite opposition from Democrats. All Democrats are expected to vote against the nomination. Only one Republican -- Susan Collins of Maine, who is facing a competitive reelection fight -- is expected to vote against the nomination due to concerns that it's too close to the election to consider a nominee. But even so, Republicans will still have enough votes for confirmation. On Saturday, GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, who was one of the last undecided Republicans who had previously backed waiting for after the election to fill the seat, said she would vote to confirm Barrett, all but assuring the confirmation. "I believe that the only way to put us back on the path of appropriate consideration of judicial nominees, is to evaluate Judge Barrett as we would want to be judged -- on the merits of her qualifications," Murkowski said on the Senate floor. "And we do that when that final question comes before us. And when it does, I will be a yes." Republicans only need 51 votes to confirm a new justice and currently, there are 53 GOP senators. That means they could lose up to three Republicans and still confirm Barrett with Vice President Mike Pence able to cast a tie-breaking vote in the event of a 50-50 split. That tie vote is not expected to be needed. Senate Republicans have largely rallied around the nomination, praising Barrett as exceedingly qualified to serve on the Supreme Court. Senate Democrats, in contrast, have decried the confirmation process as a power grab that threatens to undermine Ginsburg's legacy. Democrats have warned that Barrett's confirmation will put health care protections and the future of the Affordable Care Act in jeopardy and have accused Republicans of hypocrisy in moving ahead with the nomination after blocking consideration of former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland in 2016. Democrats, who are in the minority, have been limited in their ability to oppose the nomination, but have attempted to protest the process in a variety of ways as it has unfolded. When the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance the nomination, Democratic senators on the panel boycotted the vote, filling their seats instead with pictures of people who rely upon the Affordable Care Act in an effort to draw attention to an upcoming case on the health care law's constitutionality and their arguments that Barrett's confirmation would put the law at risk. The stakes in the Supreme Court battle are immense and come at a pivotal time in American politics. Trump's ability to appoint a new justice to the court would mark the third of his tenure in office and create the opportunity to push the court in an even more conservative direction for decades to come. Barrett's confirmation will give conservatives a 6-3 majority on the Supreme Court, a shift in its makeup that is likely to have dramatic implications for a range of issues that could come before it, including Americans' personal privacy rights, campaign finance regulation, affirmative action in higher education, public aid for religious schools, environmental and labor regulations, the ACA and any potential disputes regarding the 2020 election. During confirmation hearings, Democrats sought to elicit answers from Barrett on a number of controversial topics the Supreme Court could take up. Barrett repeatedly declined, however, to specify how she might rule on a range of topics, from the Affordable Care Act to Roe v. Wade and the high court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Barrett explained during the hearings that she shared a philosophy with the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, whom she clerked for, but she argued she would not be an identical justice if she is confirmed. "If I'm confirmed, you would not be getting Justice Scalia. You would be getting Justice Barrett," she said. "And that's so because originalists don't always agree." CNN's Manu Raju and Alex Rogers contributed to this report.
How to watch tonight's presidential debate - CNN
Less than two weeks from Election Day, Joe Biden and Donald Trump are scheduled to appear onstage for the final general election presidential debate of 2020.
Washington (CNN)Less than two weeks from Election Day, Joe Biden and Donald Trump are scheduled to appear onstage for the final general election presidential debate of 2020. Thursday's televised event may be the last opportunity for both candidates to reach a massive national audience before November 3. Biden is currently ahead of Trump in both national and key swing state polls -- the former vice president averages 53% support to Trump's 42% in polling conducted between September 20 and October 5, according to the CNN Poll of Polls. The presidential debate scheduled for last week was canceled after Trump objected to the virtual format announced by the Commission on Presidential Debates. The virtual format was put forward after Trump tested positive for coronavirus and spent three days hospitalized. Here's everything you need to know about the final debate, which is taking place in-person in Nashville, Tennessee. The debate is scheduled to run from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET without commercial breaks. The debate will air live on CNN, CNN en Español and CNN International. It will stream live in its entirety, without requiring log-in to a cable provider, on CNN.com's homepage, across mobile devices via CNN's apps for iOS and Android, and via CNNgo apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Android TV. You can also follow CNN's live debate coverage on CNN.com, which will include analysis and fact checking. What are the topics and who is the moderator? The topics are: "Fighting COVID-19," "American Families," "Race in America," "Climate Change," "National Security" and "Leadership." They were chosen by the debate moderator, NBC's Kristen Welker, and announced last week by the debate commission. What is different about this debate? The commission recently announced that Biden and Trump would have their microphones muted during portions of the debate. At the start of each of the six segments, each candidate will be given two minutes to answer an initial question, and during that portion, the opposing candidate's microphone will be muted. The rule change was made after the first debate devolved into chaos, with Trump frequently interrupting and heckling Biden and the moderator, Chris Wallace of Fox News. The commission put out a statement the day after the first debate saying they intended "to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates." The structure of Thursday's debate will be the same as the first debate: Each segment will last about 15 minutes, and the candidates will have two minutes to respond after the moderator opens each segment with a question. Welker will then use the rest of the time in the segment to facilitate further discussion on the topic. Where is the debate taking place? It is taking place at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Who is hosting the debate? The Commission on Presidential Debates is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization and has sponsored all general election presidential and vice presidential debates since 1987. The CPD does not receive funding from the government or any political party or campaign, according to the organization. How many days until Election Day? On Thursday, it will be 12 days until Election Day (Tuesday, November 3.)
24-hour curfew imposed on Lagos amid anti-police brutality protests in Nigeria - CNN
The governor of Nigeria's commercial hub Lagos imposed a state-wide curfew on Tuesday in response to growing protests over police brutality in the country.
(CNN)The governor of Nigeria's commercial hub Lagos imposed a state-wide curfew and deployed riot police on Tuesday in response to growing protests over police brutality in the country. "Dear Lagosians, I have watched with shock how what began as a peaceful #EndSARS protest has degenerated into a monster that is threatening the well-being of our society," Babajide Sanwo-Olu wrote in a tweet as he announced the 4 p.m. (local time) curfew for 24 hours. Demonstrators have taken part in daily protests across the country for nearly two weeks over widespread claims of kidnapping, harassment and extortion by a police unit know as the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Only essential service providers and first responders will be allowed on the streets of Lagos, which has an estimated population of more than 20 million people. The Inspector-General of Nigeria's Police later ordered the immediate nationwide deployment of anti-riot police officers "to protect lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country," according to a tweet from the Nigerian Police Force on Tuesday evening. On Monday, the state's government said in a tweet that it was closing all Lagos schools, urging students to learn using radio, television and online media similar to how studies took place during the Covid-19 lockdown. SARS was disbanded on October 11 and a new police unit to replace it will be trained by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Reuters reported Monday. Protesters are demanding further protections against the police, including independent oversight and psychological evaluation of officers. Amnesty International said in a tweet on Tuesday that "thugs and sponsored hoodlums" are attacking peaceful protestors across Nigeria. The current death toll is not known, but death and severe injuries have been reported since the weekend. A 17-year-old died in police custody on Monday in Kano, a city in the north of the country, after allegedly being tortured, said the human rights group. Many protestors and journalists were assaulted by police and thugs in the capital Abuja on the same day. Videos on social media show dozens of cars belonging to protestors burning and Amnesty International said three people died. Other videos show a mass breakout of hundreds of prisoners from the Benin Correctional Center in Edo state in southern Nigeria. It is uncertain who is to blame for the breakout, with protestors claiming it was staged by police. The Nigeria Police Force said in a tweet that protestors carted away arms and ammunition from the armory before freeing suspects in custody and setting the facilities alight. Edo state governor Godwin Obaseki imposed a curfew on Monday, tweeting about "disturbing incidents of vandalism and attacks on private individuals and institutions by hoodlums in the guise of #EndSARS protesters." CNN's Anita Patrick and Stephanie Busari contributed to this report
Debate commission to mute candidates during their opponent's initial responses to prevent interruptions - CNN
Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will have their microphones muted during portions of the second and final presidential debate on Thursday night, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Monday in a decision that will like…
(CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden and President Donald Trump will have their microphones muted during portions of the second and final presidential debate on Thursday night, the Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Monday in a decision that will likely anger the President. The decision came after the commission met Monday afternoon to discuss potential rule changes to the debate format. They decided that the changes were needed because of how the first debate between Biden and Trump devolved into chaos, with the President frequently interrupting the former vice president. "I'll participate. I just think it's very unfair," Trump said when asked by reporters about the change on Monday. A source close to the commission told CNN the decision on muting the microphones was unanimous by its members and stressed that "this is not a change to rules but rather a move to promote adherence to rules that have been agreed to by both campaigns." "A change to the rules would have required protracted and ultimately, in our view, unworkable negotiations between the two campaigns," the source said. Still, the change drew a quick rebuke from Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh who charged, without evidence, that the decision from the commission is an "attempt to provide advantage to their favored candidate." But Trump, Murtaugh said in a statement, is still "committed to debating Joe Biden" regardless of the change. The commission's statement appeared to anticipate anger from Trump and his campaign, who have repeatedly signaled that any changes to the procedures will be unacceptable to them. "We realize, after discussions with both campaigns, that neither campaign may be totally satisfied with the measures announced today," the statement read. "One may think they go too far, and one may think they do not go far enough. We are comfortable that these actions strike the right balance and that they are in the interest of the American people, for whom these debates are held." The muting will work like this: At the start of each of the six segments of the debate, each candidate will be given two minutes to answer an initial question. During that portion, the opposing candidate's microphone will be muted. "Under the agreed upon debate rules, each candidate is to have two minutes of uninterrupted time to make remarks at the beginning of each 15 minute segment of the debate. These remarks are to be followed by a period of open discussion," the commission said in a statement. "Both campaigns this week again reaffirmed their agreement to the two-minute, uninterrupted rule." The statement continued: "The Commission is announcing today that in order to enforce this agreed upon rule, the only candidate whose microphone will be open during these two-minute periods is the candidate who has the floor under the rules. For the balance of each segment, which by design is intended to be dedicated to open discussion, both candidates' microphones will be open." Both microphones will be unmuted after each candidate delivers their two-minute answer. "During the times dedicated for open discussion, it is the hope of the Commission that the candidates will be respectful of each other's time, which will advance civil discourse for the benefit of the viewing public," the statement reads. "As in the past, the moderator will apportion roughly equal amounts of time between the two speakers over the course of the 90 minutes. Time taken up during any interruptions will be returned to the other candidate." The commission's second presidential debate was canceled after Trump declined to participate in a virtual contest, a change that was made because of his positive coronavirus diagnosis. Following the first debate, the commission did not specify what changes they would be making, but their statement at the time said they intended "to ensure that additional tools to maintain order are in place for the remaining debates." The commission was also set to certify that both Trump and Biden have met the 15% polling threshold needed to qualify for the debate at the Monday meeting. Biden had made clear that he wanted the debate commission to change the rules, and said the way Trump conducted himself at the first debate was a "national embarrassment." "I just hope there's a way in which the debate commission can control the ability of us to answer the questions without interruptions," Biden said the day after the first debate. The Trump campaign had earlier come out against any changes to the rules. Murtaugh told CNN in a statement after the first debate that the commission "shouldn't be moving the goalposts and changing the rules in the middle of the game." In a letter to the commission on Monday, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien had previously called muting the candidates' microphones "unacceptable." "It is completely unacceptable for anyone to wield such power, and a decision to proceed with that change amounts to turning further editorial control of the debate over to the Commission which has already demonstrated its partiality to Biden," Stepien wrote in a statement issued before the campaign agreed to the change. He had also taken issue with the topics announced for Thursday's debate for not being focused more on foreign policy. The commission announced last week that the topics would be "Fighting COVID-19," "American Families," "Race in America," "Climate Change," "National Security" and "Leadership." "We urge you to recalibrate the topics," Stepien wrote in the letter. At no point did Stepien indicate that Trump will pull out of the third debate if the change is not made. Biden spokesman TJ Ducklo responded to the Trump campaign's complaint, saying in a statement, "The campaigns and the Commission agreed months ago that the debate moderator would choose the topics. The Trump campaign is lying about that now because Donald Trump is afraid to face more questions about his disastrous COVID response. As usual, the president is more concerned with the rules of a debate than he is getting a nation in crisis the help it needs." This story and its headline have been updated with the commission's change to the debate's rules and comments from the Trump and Biden campaigns. CNN's Kevin Bohn and Paul LeBlanc contributed to this report.
Crowds gather for Women's March to protest Trump and Supreme Court nominee - CNN
Demonstrators wore pink knit pussyhats and black face masks honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday for the second Women's March of the year.
(CNN)Demonstrators wore pink knit pussyhats and black face masks honoring the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday for the second Women's March of the year. Women and allies gathered in Washington, DC, and several other cities around the country to protest President Donald Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and urge women to vote in the upcoming election. "I want my country back," Barbara Moore of Arlington told CNN affiliate WJLA. The crowd marched from Freedom Plaza to the National Mall, some carrying signs with messages like "Hell no, Amy must go!" and "You call us nasty because you are afraid of what strong women can do." Karen Ehrgott said she traveled from the Philadelphia area to attend the march to protest Barrett's nomination and the push to confirm her before the November 3 election. "It's a mess. It's really, really a mess. I am very, very fearful of our democracy," Ehrgott told CNN. "I thought it was thriving and nothing could ever happen, but clearly it's a lot more fragile than we understood it to be." Trump has pointed to the November 3 election as a reason for seeking swift Senate confirmation of Barrett, a federal appeals court judge who would be his third appointee to the nine-member bench. The President has said he believes the Supreme Court could ultimately decide whether he or his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, is the winner of the election. Saturday's event is the second Women's March this year. Partially due to the pandemic, the crowd was much smaller than the January 18 event and even more than the first-ever Women's March in 2017, which may have been the largest single-day protest in US history. Simultaneous marches were held in other cities including Denver, New York and Nashville. The Women's March organization has suffered from growing pains since its first show of force in 2017. Controversy and allegations of anti-Semitism surrounding its founders eventually led to three of them stepping down from the board last year. They had denied the allegations. The Women's March then appointed 17 new leaders to the board. CNN's Suzanne Malveaux contributed to this report.
The US reported the most Covid-19 cases in a day since July. Deaths may begin climbing, too, a leading expert says - CNN
The US reported at least 69,000 new Covid-19 infections Friday -- the most in a single day since July -- amid an alarming nationwide rise in cases that experts say marks the start of a fall surge.
(CNN)The US reported at least 69,000 new Covid-19 infections Friday -- the most in a single day since July -- amid an alarming nationwide rise in cases that experts say marks the start of a fall surge. On July 29, the US reported more than 71,300 infections, about two weeks after the country's peak daily case count of more than 77,000. That summer surge eventually waned, and daily averages dipped to a little more than 34,300 by September 12. But now, the country is averaging more than 55,000 new cases daily over the past week -- up more than 60% since mid-September's dip. The case upticks have prompted state leaders to push new measures in hopes of curbing the spread of the virus. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced changes to the state's health measures, including requiring hospitals to reserve at least 10% of staffed general and ICU beds for Covid-19 patients. New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this week ordered new mass gathering limitations and a 10 p.m. closing time for establishments serving alcohol. And in Kentucky, Gov. Andy Beshear said this month he instructed authorities to step up mask enforcement. Hospitalizations are climbing nationwide. And they'll likely be followed by a rise in daily Covid-19 deaths, says Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. "This is a good moment for people to stop and ask themselves, 'What can I do to try to be sure that we limit the further infections that otherwise seem to be looming in front of us as cold weather is kicking in and people are indoors, and those curves are going upward, in the wrong direction?' " Collins said Friday. Researchers from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation project more than 2,300 Americans could be dying daily by mid-January and a total of more than 389,000 people could die from the virus in the US by February 1. The country's daily tallies of Covid-19 deaths have been steady recently -- averaging around 700 per day across a week. That's below the peak of the summer, when the daily average hovered above 1,000 from late July into mid-August. More than 218,000 people have died from Covid-19 nationwide since the start of the pandemic. Just over 8 million US cases have been reported. Experts say Americans can help get the virus under control by heeding basic public health guidelines touted by officials for months: avoiding crowded settings, keeping a distance, keeping small gatherings outdoors and wearing a mask. 'We are in a new wave of rising positivity in Covid-19 cases' More than 30 states --- scattered across the US -- have accumulated more new cases in the last week than they did in the previous week, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. On Friday, at least 10 states reported their highest one-day Covid-19 case total since the pandemic's start: Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming, according to Johns Hopkins. US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams addressed a surge of new cases and hospitalizations in Wisconsin and said the state's positivity rates are "going in the wrong direction." "It is critical that we actually understand where this virus is circulating so that we could get cases under control and reverse positivity," he said Friday. In Illinois, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he was concerned about a rise of infections. "We're in a new wave of rising positivity in Covid-19 cases all across the nation, not only in Illinois," he said. "One of the challenges now is that three of the worst five states in the country are bordering Illinois: Indiana, Iowa, Wisconsin, bordering all of Northern Illinois, and of course in Indiana all the way down to Kentucky." Minnesota outbreak tied to Trump rally In Minnesota, public health officials say they've so far traced at least 20 cases of the virus back to a rally held by President Donald Trump last month, or to related events. Of the 20 cases,16 are among people who attended the rally. Four people said they participated in counter-protests the same day, the state's health department told CNN. The state has traced a total of 28 cases to various campaign events in recent weeks. One was linked to a rally for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and three were linked to a Minneapolis speech by Vice President Mike Pence in late September. Ahead of an expected Trump rally this weekend, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer encouraged people who were planning to attend to wear masks and social distance. "We always are concerned when there are large gatherings without masks and social distancing. There is a risk of an outbreak when this happens, so we encourage people to wear their masks and practice social distancing," Tiffany Brown, Whitmer's press secretary, told CNN in a statement. And in Tucson, Arizona, where Trump is scheduled to hold a political rally Monday, the mayor wrote an open letter to remind campaign officials of the "various ordinances in effect" in the city and county. "It would be deeply unfortunate if one gathering jeopardized all the progress we have made thus far," Mayor Regina Romero wrote. Pfizer announces Covid-19 vaccine plans In an open letter published Friday by Pfizer Chairman and CEO Albert Bourla, the company said it plans to apply for emergency use authorization for its Covid-19 vaccine as early as November. "Assuming positive data, Pfizer will apply for Emergency Authorization Use in the US soon after the safety milestone is achieved in the third week of November," the letter said. But first, Bourla wrote, the vaccine should prove to be safe and effective in preventing the disease. "And finally, we must demonstrate that the vaccine can be consistently manufactured at the highest quality standards," Bourla wrote. Once a vaccine is approved in the US, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies have been designated to help distribute free vaccines to long-term care facilities, federal officials confirmed. It will be up to the two drug chains to figure out how to deliver the vaccines, including cold storage requirements and personal protective equipment. "This is a completely voluntary program on the part of every nursing home. This is an opt-in program," Paul Mango, deputy chief of staff for policy at the Health and Human Services Department, told reporters. CNN's Jason Hanna, Dave Alsup, Chuck Johnston, Andrea Diaz, Nakia McNabb, Samira Said, Nadia Kounang, Andy Rose and Shelby Lin Erdman contributed to this report.
As Nigerians continue to protest nationwide against police brutality, here's how you can help - CNN
Following weeks of outcry online over years of recurring police brutality, Nigerians took to the streets to demand police reform and an end to the Special Anti Robbery Squad known as SARS.
On Oct 15th we donated N2,416,700 to 27 protests, paid the hospital bill of 1 protester, and paid for supplies (food, water, Glucose etc) Total raised: N69,891,637.15Total disbursed: N15,443,280.00 All BalancesNGN 54,448,357.15USD 11,474.34CAD 5,595.89 1/2#EndSARS — feministcoalition (@feminist_co) October 15, 2020
2020 election news: Live updates - CNN International
With the election just weeks away, the race heats up between President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden. Here's the latest news on campaigns, voting, and more.
Former President Barack Obama is expected to hit the campaign trail next week, Democratic officials tell CNN, as he looks to step up his work in support of his one-time partner former vice president Joe Biden in the final stretch of the election. Obama intends to focus his efforts on early voting states in the final two weeks of the race, the officials tell CNN. The former President will not aggressively barnstorm swing states, but rather intends to visit a handful of critical battlegrounds where voting is underway. His schedule has not been finalized, officials said, but states under consideration for his solo appearances include Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin and more. "He's doing enough for our campaign," Biden told reporters before boarding a flight in New Castle, Delaware, Tuesday. "He'll be out on the trail and he's doing well." Obama's expected return to the campaign trail could energize Democratic voters in the final weeks before the election as the former president remains among the Democratic Party's most popular figures. The Biden campaign believes Obama can help in three particular areas, officials say, including: Black men, Latinos and young voters. The events will be socially distant similar to the tactics adopted by the Biden campaign during the coronavirus pandemic but are designed to garner local media coverage in key areas. President Trump's campaign has dispatched far more surrogates ahead of the election along with the President's rallies and the Obama visits are designed to help Biden draw more attention in places where voting is happening. Read more here. Visit CNN's Election Center for full coverage of the 2020 race.