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Trump downplays Covid-19 risk, global deaths top 900,000

Bloomberg9/10/2020 08:09 AM GMT+08  • 7 min read
Trump downplays Covid-19 risk, global deaths top 900,000
Interviews from a new book revealed President Donald Trump deliberately minimised the danger of the coronavirus.
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Global deaths from Covid-19 topped 900,000. Interviews from a new book revealed President Donald Trump deliberately minimised the danger of the coronavirus, a move he defended as intended to limit panic.

AstraZeneca Plc’s paused vaccine trial was linked to a spinal cord problem in a patient. BioNTech SE and Pfizer Inc. reached a provisional agreement to supply at least 200 million doses of any successful vaccine to the European Union.

Germany’s virus reproduction number remained above a key threshold, while Spain’s daily infections neared a four-month high. Indonesia’s capital is bringing back restrictions on offices and restaurants as cases rise.

  • Global Tracker: Cases surpass 27.6 million; deaths exceed 900,000
  • AstraZeneca must explain spinal ailment to resume vaccine trial
  • NYC restaurants will be allowed to open indoors at limited capacity
  • NIH says there’s no way to know when a safe vaccine will be ready
  • JPMorgan finds some workers improperly pocketed Covid relief funds
  • The keys to speed in race for vaccine, and its perils: QuickTake

  • Florida reported 652,148 cases, up 0.3% from a day earlier, compared with an average increase of 0.4% in the previous seven days. The state posted 200 new Covid-19 deaths, the largest single-day increase in the three weeks, bringing the total to 12,115.
  • California reported 1,616 new virus infections, the lowest daily total since May 19, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
  • Arizona reported 496 new virus cases, a day after recording just 81, which was the lowest daily tally since March. The 0.2% increase on Wednesday, to 206,541, was just below the prior seven-day average of 0.3%.
  • Texas’s new cases increased by 4,285 to bring the cumulative total to 645,791. Houston extended its ban on parades, festivals, 5K runs and similar group events through the end of the year but will permit football tailgating parties and symphony concerts, albeit with limited capacity, Mayor Sylvester Turner said.

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