Trump is now speaking. As usual he begins by boasting about the size of the crowd.
Most of that crowd does not seem to be wearing masks, despite Nevada seeing an increase in the average number of cases reported in the last week (along with 47 other states).
Trump will be speaking today in Nevada as the US on Friday saw its highest one-day case total since July.
As my colleague Lauren Aratani reported: More than 68,000 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the US on Friday, the highest number in a single day since July, further confirmation the country is in the midst of a coronavirus resurgence.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University and the Covid Tracking Project, the last time the US saw close to 68,000 new cases in a day was 31 July, when a summer peak was starting to recede.
As we wait for the Trump rally to begin, here’s news from Australia:
The Australian home affairs department has reported a significant reduction in the number of visas being granted – including refugee visas, which have been reduced by almost a third – in large part due to the pandemic.
Despite the drop in visa numbers, the department still raised $2.2bn in revenue through applications.
Of the 13,171 humanitarian places the department reported as delivered, 11,521 were given to refugees outside of Australia who had been assessed as needing protection. The government has set a target of 18,750 places, meaning home affairs failed to meet its metric, delivering almost 30% less places than the year before:
Trump holds Nevada rally
US president Donald Trump is set to begin a rally in Nevada any minute. I’ll be bringing you any major coronavirus-related moments from that event.
Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.
My name is Helen Sullivan and I’ll be bringing you the latest from around the world for the next few hours.
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As the total number of infections worldwide nears the staggering milestone of 40m cases, with 39.8, currently confirmed on the Johns Hopkins University tracker, almost every US state is seeing a rise in the average number of cases reported over the last week.
Only two US states, Vermont and Missouri, have reported falls in their averages.
- Italy’s mayors get new coronavirus powers amid record cases. Italy’s mayors will have the power to impose 9pm curfews in their towns and cities if necessary as the country tries to contain a coronavirus resurgence.
- South African health minister tests positive for coronavirus. South Africa’s health minister Zweli Mkhize and his wife have tested positive for Covid-19, his office announced on Sunday.“I am now in quarantine at home and both my wife and I remain optimistic that we will fully recover from this virus,” Mkhize said in a statement. South Africa reported 1,928 new cases on Saturday, pushing the total to just over 700,000 and 18,408 deaths.
- Slovenia’s prime minister has said on Twitter that a 30-day epidemic would be declared on Monday, with stricter measures to be imposed nationally.
- Twitter has removed a “misleading” tweet by a top US coronavirus adviser for violating its Covid-19 information policy.
- Europe has passed the grim milestone of 250,000 coronavirus deaths, according to an AFP tally based on official sources.
- Italy reported a record figure of 11,705 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, the health ministry has said, up from the previous peak of 10,925 posted on Saturday.
- There have been a further 16,982 lab-confirmed coronavirus cases in the UK, according to government data, and 67 more deaths.
- The mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has written to political leaders in Westminster urging them to help secure a “fair financial framework” for local lockdowns.
- Switzerland is stepping up its measures to tackle Covid-19, with new restrictions coming into force tomorrow, including mandatory mask-wearing indoors and a 15-person limit to public gatherings.
- Saeb Erekat, a senior figure in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), has been taken to hospital with coronavirus.
- The number of deaths in Iran from Covid-19 now exceeds 30,000, with the country’s health ministry saying the total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic was now 30,123.