Few masks seen as crowds gather for Trump White House event – live

Few masks seen as crowds gather for Trump White House event – liveOctober 10, 2020

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A podium and microphone has been set up on the White House balcony, where Donald Trump will address the crowd soon. While they will not be exposed to the (probably still infectious) president, there were few signs of masks as people gathered in tightly packed groups as they prepared to enter the event. White House officials said people will be required to wear masks during the address and will have their temperatures checked before entering the grounds and gathering on the South Lawn.

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Covid-19 cases are again climbing in the United States, with the highest daily rates of new infections since August, when major states such as Florida became hotspots, new data from Johns Hopkins University’s Covid-19 tracker shows.

Now, several midwestern states are posting steep increases in Covid-19 cases, with at least one setting up a field hospital to cope with the flood of patients. Cases are also ticking up in the north-east, where tight restrictions had the virus under control for most of the summer.

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