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Sunday Papers: Fears grow for Trump’s health amid election chaos, UK records 10,000 new cases

Fears grow for Trump’s heath amid chaos over election plans

Brief. October 25, 2020 2:42 am

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In today’s briefing update, the majority of Sunday’s papers are focused on US President Donald Trump’s health, following his coronavirus diagnosis.

 In our special feature, we look at global coronavirus updates. 

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Fears grow for Trump’s  health amid chaos over election plans

The Observer says officials have given conflicting reports on Mr Trump’s health, and the Observer says “confusion reigned” over his condition on Saturday night. The president’s doctors have said he is doing “very well” in hospital, but their account was disputed moments later by the White House chief of staff who expressed concern about Mr Trump’s condition.

Read the full story on the Guardian 

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Trump ‘given oxygen’ as vital signs ‘concerning’ 

The Sunday Telegraph quotes sources close to the president as saying Mr Trump was given oxygen on Friday night – as his vital signs were “very concerning”. There were also reports Mr Trump had experienced breathing difficulties that day, the paper says. It comes after the White House insisted the president only had “mild symptoms” when he was flown to hospital on Friday afternoon.

Read the full story on the Daily Telegraph 

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Trump gambles on radical new drugs to beat the virus

The Sunday Times says Mr Trump is banking his recovery from coronavirus on an experimental drug, reports the Sunday Times. It says the president took a one-off dose of a cocktail of antibody-boosting drugs before being transported to hospital and has also begun a course of antiviral drug remdesivir. “No other patient is known to have been treated with two such powerful drugs so soon after infection,” the paper adds.

Read the full story on the Times

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Just how ill is President Trump?

The Sunday Express says “Just how ill is president Trump?” amid the ongoing confusion. It notes Mr Trump tweeted he was “feeling well”. The positive diagnosis, made public by the president in a tweet early on Friday, has upended his election campaign and also cast doubt on his attempt to get a new Supreme Court judge confirmed before polling day.

Read the full story on the Daily Express

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Trump: Will I die?

The Sunday Mirror reports a less positive response from the president over his health. It claims Mr Trump repeatedly asked “Am I going to die? when he received his positive test for Covid-19. It also says the president remains in danger after his diagnosis, despite his upbeat tweet from hospital.

Read the full story on the Daily Mirror 

UK Weather Forecast

Sunday 4th October 2020

Sunrise 07:11
Sunset 18:33

Today

Much of the UK will see cloudy skies and further rain, heavy in places. Brighter in southern Scotland and northern England but with showers. Windy and chilly in southernmost and south-east England.

Tonight

The rain will clear away in the evening to leave variable cloud and clear spells in the early hours. However, some scattered showers are possible, especially in the north. Windy in south-west England.

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GLOBAL COVID-19 TODAY

CORONAVIRUS CASES: 35,159,754

DEATHS: 1,038,284

RECOVERED: 26,152,667

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UK announces more than 10,000 daily cases for the first time

BBC News the UK has announced more than 10,000 new coronavirus cases for the first time since mass testing began.

There were 12,872 new cases, while a further 49 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19.

Read the full story on BBC News

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Madrid starts partial Covid-19 lockdown amid political dispute

France24 says Madrid awoke Saturday to its first day under a partial lockdown, with police controlling travel in and out of the Spanish capital as the city and its suburbs have become Europe’s biggest hot spot in the second wave of the coronavirus.

Spain’s national government ordered two weeks of new restrictions that started at 10 p.m. Friday despite reluctance from regional officials.

Read the full story on France24

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Israelis defy lockdown law to protest against Netanyahu

Euronews says Israelis across the country took to the streets on Saturday, continuing months of weekly protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite restrictions prompted by the coronavirus.

The protesters gathered in clusters close to their homes, an attempt not to violate pandemic measures that limit movement within one kilometre (0.6 miles) of one’s place of residence.

Read the full story on Euronews

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Russia’s new coronavirus cases top 10,000 for first time since mid-May

Arab News says Russia reported 10,499 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest number of daily infections since May 15, when the outbreak was at its peak and lockdowns were in place.

Russia’s coronavirus crisis centre said that 107 coronavirus deaths had been confirmed in the last 24 hours, which took the official national death toll to 21,358.

Read the full story on Arab News

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WHO urges Turkey to follow its Covid-19 reporting guidelines

Aljazeera says The WHO’s office in Turkey has reiterated its call for reporting Covid-19 data in line with the UN body’s guidance to “harmonise data collection and response measures”.

The WHO’s statement comes days after Turkey’s health minister revealed that the daily Covid-19 figures published by the ministry since July 29 reflected only patients with symptoms, excluding asymptomatic positive cases.

Read the full story on Aljazeera 

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Trump campaign won’t pull down negative ads

CNN says in response to the Biden campaign’s decision to pull negative TV ads while President Trump is hospitalized, spokesperson Tim Murtaugh told CNN that the Trump campaign will not make a similar move.

“Joe Biden used his speech in Michigan today to attack the President repeatedly on Social Security, the economy, and job creation,” Murtaugh said. “Now Biden wants credit for being magnanimous?”

Read the full story on CNN

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