Coronavirus live news: Trump calls 200,000 US deaths ‘a shame’; UK restrictions could last six months

Coronavirus live news: Trump calls 200,000 US deaths ‘a shame’; UK restrictions could last six months

September 23, 2020

World reports just under two million Covid-19 cases in one week; UK government asks people to work from home; Madrid residents advised not to travel. Follow the latest updates

  • US President Donald Trump calls 200,000 deaths ‘a shame’
  • US reaches 200,000 coronavirus deaths, highest in world
  • Weekly number of new cases at highest level, says WHO
  • Boris Johnson sets out new UK restrictions at ‘perilous turning point’
  • Face shields ineffective at trapping aerosols, says supercomputer

US President Donald Trump has responded to a question asked by a reporter at the White House about the US death toll – a fifth of the global total and the highest of any country worldwide – passing 200,000 by saying, “Well, I think it’s a shame”.

CNN reports that he went on to say:

I think if we didn’t do it properly and do it right, you’d have two and a half million deaths. If you take a look at alternatives, you could have two and a half million deaths or something thereabouts. You could have a number that would be substantially more […] And you saw my United Nations speech, China should have stopped it at their border. They should have never let this spread all over the world and it’s a terrible thing.”

Q: Why haven’t you said anything about the US hitting 200,000 coronavirus deaths?

TRUMP: “Go ahead. Uhhhhh. Anybody else?” pic.twitter.com/gUv1kgG9OT

Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

My name is Helen Sullivan and I’ll be bringing you the latest for the next few hours. Get in touch on Twitter @helenrsullivan.

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