It was an eventful and frightening weekend in the us as president Donald Trump was airlifted to a military medical center just outside of Washington DC for treatment after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Trump’s medical team had given conflicting updates on the president’s condition over the weekend. Responding to reporters’ questions on Friday, the lead doctor had said the president did not receive oxygen when it was learnt that the president’s blood oxygen level had suddenly dropped twice on Friday.
On Saturday, he walked that back saying he received oxygen for a short period on Friday.
He also said the president had received a steroid that is typically only recommended for the very sick. But the doctors maintained Trump’s health was improving, and that he could be discharged as early as today.
Infected and contagious president Trump briefly left his hospital suite on Sunday morning and took a motorcade ride in front of the hospital grounds saluting supporters who had gathered there since Friday.
That move has been condemned by medical experts who said the president disregarded precautions meant to contain the deadly virus that has caused him to be hospitalized. The virus has also killed two hundred and ten thousand Americans.
Since Trump announced his coronavirus positive status on Friday, some of his aides, campaign staff, three Republican senators and one governor who were with him during the White House announcement of his supreme court nominee, and at the presidential debate, have also tested positive. So has the First Lady, Melania who is self-isolating at the White House.
UN Envoy Expects “Common Ground” In Syrian Political Process
The visiting united nations special envoy for Syria, Geir Pedersen said on Sunday he hopes that common ground could be found to help push forward the Syrian political process.
Pedersen made the remarks after meeting with Syrian foreign minister, Walid Al-Moallem in the Syrian capital, Damascus. He said his discussions with the minister touched on issues related to un security council resolution 2254, which was endorsed in 2015, and laid forward a roadmap to politically resolve the Syrian war.
Pedersen said he hoped for the “beginning of something new,” as he meets with the opposition, and that parties can try to find more common ground on how to move the process forward.
Early US Vote Total Nears 60m; Exceeds 2016
It’s exactly eight days to the U.S. Elections, but already, nearly sixty million Americans have cast their ballots in early voting across the country. These early ballots have already surpassed by nearly fifty percent those who voted early during all of 2016.
Democrats have been dominating early voting, but republicans are slowly narrowing the gap. That’s because in-person early voting has kicked off in several states, and president Donald Trump has convinced many supporters not to use mail-in ballots with his unfounded warnings about mail-voting fraud.
US “Not To Control The Pandemic” As Death Toll Nears 230,000
The US White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has said on Sunday the United States is “not to control the pandemic” despite surging coronavirus cases and death toll.
The center for systems science and engineering at the Johns Hopkins University puts the total number of confirmed cases in the country has surpassed eight and a half million persons, and deaths resulting from the virus have risen to more than two hundred twenty-five thousand on Sunday.
During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, meadows said, quote, “we’re not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the act that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other mitigation areas,” end quote.
When asked why the country is not going to get control of the pandemic, meadows said, quote, “because it is a contagious virus just like the flu.”
Meadows’ statement came one day after chief of staff to vice-president mike pence, and four others tested positive for the coronavirus and were quarantined.
Former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Scott Gottlieb, tweeted on Sunday that coronavirus hospitalizations, a critical and objective measure o the disease burden in the U.S., are starting to accelerate, reaching nearly forty-two thousand on that day. He said criteria for hospital admission has been tightened over time, making the high numbers more concerning.
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