- Post author:Helen Sullivan
- Post published:October 18, 2020
- Post category:Australia news / coronavirus / INFECTIOUS DISEASES / Science / UK news / US News / World News
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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:
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.
Get in touch on Twitter @helenrsullivan with news from where you live, questions and feedback.
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.
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