Trump, Voting, Layoffs: Your Monday Evening Briefing


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Good evening. Here’s the latest.

1. President Trump to Americans: “Don’t be afraid of Covid.”

Mr. Trump announced that he would leave the hospital this evening and urged others to have no fear and not to let the virus “dominate your life.” He made no mention of the 209,000 Americans who have died from the virus.

His doctors said that he met or exceeded all discharge criteria, but that he would be watched and treated this week by a team at the White House. “Feeling really good!” the president tweeted, three days after he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Above, Dr. Sean Conley, Mr. Trump’s physician, briefing reporters today.

The announcement was a drastic turn of events given that a day earlier, his medical team had presented mixed messages about his condition. The doctors said Mr. Trump had received a third dose of the antiviral drug remdesivir and continued to take dexamethasone, a steroid drug normally reserved for patients who were very sick with Covid-19.

2. Joe Biden hit the campaign trail in Florida, urging Americans not to minimize the threat posed by the coronavirus.

“I hope the president’s recovery is swift and successful, but the nation’s Covid crisis is far, far from over,” Mr. Biden said in the Miami neighborhood Little Havana.

7. Higher temperatures are linked to lower test scores, but only for Black and Hispanic children, according to research published today.

Work by the three awardees — two Americans and a Briton — paved the way for highly accurate and effective blood tests for the hepatitis C virus.


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