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

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

Meanwhile the US has reported more than 55,000 cases, according to the Covid Tracking Project, and 975 deaths.

Johns Hopkins has not yet confirmed the cases for 8 October. The US reported more than 50,000 cases on 7 October, according to the Johns Hopkins tracker.

Our daily update is published. States reported 1 million tests, 55k cases, and 975 deaths. 34k people are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. WI, ND, UT and WY reported record high case counts today.

Here is the Trump campaign statement, which says that given Dr Conley’s medical clearance, there is “no medical reason” why the debate should not take place in-person on Thursday.

A reminder that Conley has not indicated that Trump has tested negative for coronavirus, which is one medical reason he should not be out in public.

New tonight: And now the Trump campaign says it wants the president to debate Joe Biden in person on the originally planned dates.

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