Fri, 10/02/2020 – 11:00
- World leaders wish Trump, First Lady speedy recovery
- Russia sees biggest jump in months
- Malaysia sees another daily record
- Dr. Gottlieb says Trump at “high” risk for serious symptoms
- Victoria cases fall to lowest level in months
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The biggest COVID-19-related news overnight between Thursday and Friday was unquestionably the news that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Top administration officials are scrambling to get tested, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has decided to cancel a trip to Asia scheduled for later this week out of an “”abundance of caution”, despite testing negative. No decision has been made yet, Pompeo told a group of journalists on the flight from Rome to Dubrovnik in Croatia. “I spoke with the Vice President’s office this morning as well,” Pompeo said. “We’re taking this obviously very seriously.” Nancy Pelosi said earlier that she hoped Trump’s experience with the virus might prompt him to take the threat more seriously.
With Russia’s COVID-19 outbreak still ravaging Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin offered “sincere support” to President Trump and the First Lady. The Kremlin says Putin sent Trump a telegram saying “I hope that your inherent vitality, good spirits and optimism will help you cope with the dangerous virus.”
It comes as Russia reports 9,412 new infections, its highest daily tally since May 23, pushing the national total to 1,194,643 cases, while Moscow, the epicenter of the Russian outbreak, reported 2,704 cases alone. 186 people had died nationwide in the last 24 hours, bringing the official death toll to 21,077, though some claim that death toll probably underestimates the true tally.
India’s Narendra Modi chimed in on Twitter to wish the Trumps a speedy recovery.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 2, 2020
UK PM Boris Johnson, who beat COVID-19 after spending a few nights in the ICU, also expressed his sympathies.
My best wishes to President Trump and the First Lady. Hope they both have a speedy recovery from coronavirus.
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 2, 2020
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also made a perfunctory statement expressing hope for a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, an amusing clip from the European Council summit in Brussels showing Merkel cautioning Italian PM Giuseppe Conte is going viral.
VIDEO: German Chancellor Angela #Merkel backs away from Italian PM Giuseppe #Conte and indicates for him to respect #socialdistancing as he tries to greet her at the European Summit in Brussels #EUCO pic.twitter.com/ThWHPCXfV4
— AFP news agency (@AFP) October 2, 2020
WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted his best wishes to Trump for “a full and speedy recovery”.
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) October 2, 2020
With the world speculating on what treatments, if any, will be used to treat the president, fears linger as former FDA head Dr. Gottlieb noted that President Trump’s risk to the virus is “high”.
— Meg Tirrell (@megtirrell) October 2, 2020
As of Friday morning in the US, global cases have reached 34,289,709 after another 318,181 cases were confirmed, according to Johns Hopkins University data…
…while the worldwide death toll spiked by 8,697, the largest daily tally since Sept. 7, bringing the death toll to 1,022,878.
Finally on the vaccine front, AstraZeneca, which is facing an expanded probe by the FDA that has caused a lengthy delay in its US trial, announced Friday that trials were continuing in Japan, and that the company is “in talks” to supply the proper data to the FDA to get it to greenlight the US trials. Most of AZ’s trials for its experimental vaccine around the world restarted shortly after an initial disruption,
Here’s more COVID news from overnight:
Malaysia reports its highest-ever number of new infections, 287, surpassing the 277 reported on June 4. The virus is believed to have widely spread in the Eastern State of Sabah, which recently held elections (Source: Nikkei).
India’s case tally climbs to 6.39 million on 81,484 new infections in the last 24 hours; deaths are just shy of the 100,000 mark, data from the health ministry shows. Fatalities from coronavirus infections rose by 1,095 in the last 24 hours to 99,773, the ministry said (Source: Nikkei).
New daily infections in Australia’s hot-spot state of Victoria have fallen to a near four-month low as it records only imported cases, raising the prospect of more domestic borders reopening. The state of Queensland, meanwhile, says it may open its border with the country’s most populous state, New South Wales, on Nov. 1, if New South Wales goes 28 days without recording a new case (Source: Nikkei).
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Author: Tyler Durden