Coronavirus live news: doctor clears Trump to return to public events on Saturday; record global case rise

Coronavirus live news: doctor clears Trump to return to public events on Saturday; record global case riseOctober 9, 2020

Washington health department releases open letter asking White House staff and guests at super-spreader event to take Covid tests; WHO reports nearly 340,000 new cases. Follow the latest updates

  • Trump doctor says he anticipates president’s ‘return to public engagements’ on Saturday
  • Europe struggles to stem rapid resurgence of coronavirus
  • Provider of Trump Covid drug is president’s golf friend
  • Medical journal condemns Trump’s handling of pandemic

White House Physician Dr Sean Conley has released a statement saying that Trump has completed his treatment for coronavirus

“I fully anticipate the president’s return to public engagements on Saturday,” Conley wrote.

Donald Trump added more turbulence on Thursday to the US presidential race by refusing to participate in the next presidential debate with Joe Biden after it was changed to a virtual event to guard against the spread of Covid-19, prompting both campaigns to propose postponing it a week.

On Thursday morning, the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) said that the next presidential debate, due on 15 October, would be a virtual affair, with the candidates appearing remotely.

Related: Presidential debate schedule in disarray after Trump refuses virtual event

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