Trump is speaking now on Fox news, we’ll have more on this shortly. In the meantime, he has said this, referring to deaths in the US:
Daniel Dale (@ddale8)
Trump says we're going to lose anywhere from 75,000-80,000 to 100,000 people, then, a bit later, says it's 80,000 or 90,000. He's steadily moved the number up from the 50,000-60,000 total he cited on April 20. May 3, 2020
Daniel Dale (@ddale8)
Trump talks about how this effort has been successful, then says, "If you call 80 or 90,000 people successful." May 3, 2020
The current US death toll, far higher than any other country, is 67,674 people.
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US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has claimed in a TV interview that there is ‘enormous evidence’ coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory, but did not provide any of this alleged evidence.
But, writes the Guardian’s Julian Borger, “when he was reminded that US intelligence had issued a formal statement noting the opposite – that the scientific consensus was that the virus was not manmade or genetically modified – Pompeo replied: ‘That’s right. I agree with that.’”
Meanwhile in Brazil, far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has been encouraging his supporters to protest, even as the country’s cases pass 100,000.
Here are the main developments from the last few hours:
- Bolsonaro fuels protests in defiance of health advice. Brazil’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, has spent another weekend stirring up street protests in defiance of his own health ministry’s appeals for citizens to stay at home because of coronavirus.
- Brazil passes 100,000 confirmed cases. There have been 4,588 new cases of the coronavirus in Brazil and 275 deaths over the last 24 hours, the health ministry said on Sunday, bringing total confirmed cases in the country to over 100,000.
- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed there is “enormous evidence” coronavirus originated in a Chinese laboratory – but did not provide any of the alleged evidence.
- Italy reports lowest toll since first day of lockdown. Italyhas reported 174 new coronavirus deaths, its lowest toll since 168 fatalities were registered when the country’s lockdown started on March 10. The 1,389 new infections were also the lowest since the first week of March
- UK to trial new tracing programme. The UK will trial a new coronavirus tracing programme next week on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England, cabinet minister Michael Gove has announced as the government looks to minimise the risk of a second wave of infection.
- France’s tracing app expected to enter testing week on Monday. France’s state-supported ‘StopCOVID’ contact-tracing app should enter its testing phase a week on Monday when the country starts to unwind its lockdown, a government minister has said.
- Portugal downgrades state of emergency. Portugal has downgraded its state of emergency to a category of “calamity”, as the rate of new coronavirus infections reached its lowest since the beginning of the outbreak, six weeks after a state of emergency was declared.
- Singapore records 657 new infections, the vast majority of them foreign workers living in dormitories, taking the city-state’s total to 18,205.
- The Pope has called for any successful Covid-19 vaccine to be shared worldwide. He said international scientific cooperation would be important in discovering a vaccine, stressing that it is “important to unite scientific capabilities, in a transparent and impartial way”.
- NHS England has announced a further 327 deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19. The total number of confirmed reported deaths in hospitals in England is now 21,180.
- A coalition of artists, celebrities, scientists and intellectuals has warned that Brazil’s indigenous peoples are at grave risk of a Covid-19 “genocide”. Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, David Hockney and Paul McCartney are among those who have signed an open letter to the country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro.
- Vietnam has confirmed its first Coronavirus case in nine days, meaning its total now stands at 271. The country’s lockdown was eased in late April and it is yet to record a Covid-19 death.
- Footballers in Serie A, Italy’s top division, will be allowed to start individual training sessions from Monday. It is the latest step in a series of cautious moves towards restarting top-level sport across Europe, which has also seen players in England and Germany permitted different degrees of training ground work.
- One third of 500 random coronavirus tests in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, have come back positive. It has raised fears that one of the world’s most fragile states may be harbouring widespread undetected infections.