Coronavirus live news: Fauci says he did not agree to appear in Trump ad; Italy plans new restrictions

Coronavirus live news: Fauci says he did not agree to appear in Trump ad; Italy plans new restrictionsOctober 12, 2020

Top US infectious diseases expert said on Sunday he had not agreed to be featured in Trump ad; Italy moves as daily infections reach highest levels since March. Follow the latest updates.

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  • Anthony Fauci criticises Donald Trump for using his words out of context
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Downing Street says the country is at a “critical juncture” in managing Covid-19 as Boris Johnson prepares to lay out a new three-tier alert system for England. After a Cobra meeting this morning which will determine the final plan, Johnson will address parliament and then appear on TV tonight alongside the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, and England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty.

“This is a critical juncture and it is absolutely vital that everyone follows the clear guidance we have set out to help contain the virus,” a spokesman for No 10 said.

Related: Monday briefing: Three tiers for Covid alerts

The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, shed tears as he issued a rare apology for his failure to guide the country through tumultuous times exacerbated by the coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking at a huge military parade held at the weekend to mark the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers’ party, Kim removed his glasses and wiped away tears – an indication, analysts say, of mounting pressure on his regime.

Related: Kim Jong-un sheds tears as he delivers rare apology to North Korea over failings

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