|29 Sep 2020
Donald Trump v Joe Biden: The most consequential debate in history? The Great Showdown is imminent
100 million Americans are expected to tune in to watch the debate between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.
They will walk on stage at 9pm East Coast time (2am BST) and take up their positions at their respective podiums at a university arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
For 90 minutes, Donald Trump and Joe Biden will duel in prime time in front of 100 million Americans, 33 days before the election.
For the first time in the history of presidential debates, there will be no handshake. Pandemic conditions will rule, so no physical contact is permitted between the candidates or with the Fox News moderator, Chris Wallace.
Only a few dozen people will be in the audience.
All around us here is a ring of steel and security. And that security comes in the form of both the secret service and doctors. Uniquely for a debate, the perceived threat is both human and pathogen. There are warning of protests and fears of the virus. You are not allowed to enter the debate zone without proof of a negative Covid test.
Once it begins, expect fireworks. Every single subject is controversial and bitterly divisive in today's America.
The handling of the pandemic. The vacancy on the Supreme Court. Race and violence in American cities. The integrity of the November election. The economy.
29 Sep 2020
The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus has passed one million, nine months into a crisis that has devastated the global economy, and forced many to change the way they live, learn and work.
The toll, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, passed over into seven figures in the early hours of Tuesday.
Dr Howard Markel, of the University of Michigan, said: “It’s not just a number. It’s human beings. It’s people we love.”
The professor of medical history, who has advised government officials on containing pandemics and lost his 84-year-old mother to Covid-19 in February, added: “It’s our brothers, our sisters. It’s people we know.
28 Sep 2020
The Daily Telegraph: Neighbours told to call police on isolation cheats.
Daily Mirror: Exposes US 'horror' farms pumping thousands of cattle with hormones.
Daily Mail: Police to start enforcing self isolation rules in parts of UK.
The Times: Ministers prepare new curbs on indoor meetings. Emergency lockdown plan to ban socialising.
Financial Times: Trump says Obamacare will be terminated after November poll.