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Coronavirus deaths: One million people have now died globally

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More than a million people around the world have now died in the coronavirus pandemic.

The data from Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the outbreak, also shows more than 33 million COVID-19 cases have been reported.

It comes after a significant rise in infections has triggered local lockdowns in countries such as France, Spain and the UK.

Live updates on coronavirus from UK and around world

Coronavirus cases have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

On 22 September, the death toll in the United States, which has suffered more fatalities than any other country, passed 200,000.



Bereaved share stories of COVID deaths as disease reaches one million dead



Bereaved share COVID stories as disease reaches one million dead

India has the fastest infection rate in the world and is close to becoming the country with the highest number of cases.

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The nation of 1.3 billion people currently has around 5.9 million infections – second only to the US, which has recorded more than seven million.

However, India’s fatality rate is one of the lowest in the world, with experts saying it may be down to reasons such as its younger population.

How the virus spread

How the virus spread

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, meanwhile, has been postponed for the first time in a century as Brazil continues to battle the second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak in the world.

Israel, which in September became the first country to re-enter a strict national lockdown, has voted to further tighten measures after restrictions failed to bring down the infection rate.

The infection numbers in real time

The infection numbers in real time

In the UK, around 17 million people – more than a quarter of the population – are living under tougher coronavirus restrictions after new measures on socialising came into force in large parts of the country.

In Africa, the World Health Organisation has said the outbreak may have passed its peak, but warned governments against complacency to avoid a second wave.

Coronavirus vaccine tracker

Coronavirus vaccine tracker

The WHO’s emergencies chief has said the number of global coronavirus deaths could reach two million before a vaccine is found and widely used, and without concerted action to curb the pandemic.

“It’s certainly unimaginable,”said Dr Mike Ryan.

“But it’s not impossible, because if we look at losing a million people in nine months and then we just look at the realities of getting a vaccine out there in the next nine months, it’s a big task for everyone involved.”

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US presidential debate: Biden and Trump clash on coronavirus and race

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President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden began the first US presidential debate with heated exchanges over coronavirus, race relations and election integrity.

The two men frequently interrupted each other with angry interjections, with Mr Biden eventually snapping at his opponent: “Will you shut up, man?”

When the topic of the coronavirus pandemic came up, Mr Biden questioned Mr Trump‘s leadership, suggesting he had panicked and failed to protect Americans because he was more concerned about the economy.

Chaotic, rancorous - and the biggest loser was the American people

Chaotic, rancorous – and the biggest loser was the American people

“He panicked or he looked at the stock market.

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“A lot of people died and a lot more are going to die unless he gets a lot smarter, a lot quicker.”







‘You’re the worst president America has ever had’

The president objected to Mr Biden using the word “smart”, arguing: “You graduated either the lowest or almost the lowest in your class. Don’t ever use the word smart with me. Don’t ever use that word.”

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He defended his approach on the pandemic, which has killed more than 200,000 people in the US.

“We’ve done a great job,” Mr Trump said. “But I tell you, Joe, you could never have done the job we’ve done. You don’t have it in your blood.”

As the conversation moved to race, Mr Biden accused the president of walking away from the American promise of equity for all and making a race-based appeal.

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Moderator Chris Wallace had a tough job keeping the pair in check

“This is a president who has used everything as a dog whistle to try to generate racist hatred, racist division,” he said.

Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News asked the president if he was “willing to condemn white supremacists and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence”.

Mr Trump said: “I would say almost everything I see is from the left wing, not from the right. … I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.”

Recent months have seen major protests after the deaths of black people at the hands of police.

And the former vice president said there is systemic racist injustice in the US while the vast majority of police officers are “decent, honourable men and women” there are “bad apples” and people have to be held accountable.







Trump on Biden: ‘There’s nothing smart about you, Joe’

Mr Trump in turn claimed that his opponents work on a federal crime bill treated the African American population “about as bad as anybody in this country”.

The president pivoted to his hardline focus on those protesting racial injustice and accused Mr Biden of being afraid to use the words “law and order” out of fear of alienating the left.

The debate ended with a question from the moderator, who asked both candidates if they will “urge your supporters to stay calm during the vote counting period, not to engage in civil unrest and will you not declare victory until the election has been independently verified?”

Mr Trump, who has refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election, repeated his unfounded allegations that mail-in voting would lead to fraud.







Trump refuses to condemn white supremacists

He said he will tell his supporters “to go into the polls and watch very carefully because that’s what has to happen. I’m urging them to do it”.

Mr Biden replied: “Once the ballots are all counted, that’ll be the end of it. If it’s me, that’s fine. If it’s not me, I’ll support it.”

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US presidential debate: Trump v Biden – the seven defining moments

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The first presidential debate happened overnight, and whether you missed it or want a recap, we’ve rounded up the defining moments and tried to gauge who came out on top.

Here are the seven moments that stood out:

1. Interruptions – ‘Will you shut up, man?’

The early exchanges – and middle and late ones – were notable for the amount of interruptions, mainly from Donald Trump.

At one point the moderator, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, seemed to have had enough, telling the president that his campaign team had agreed to the rule that both candidates should have two minutes uninterrupted during each section – and urging him to abide by it.

By the end of the first of six sections, Joe Biden was already looking weary. “Why don’t you shut up, man?” he moaned.



Joe Biden told President Trump to 'shut up' during an exchange over the Supreme Court



Joe Biden told President Trump to ‘shut up’ during an exchange over the Supreme Court

2. The insults started early, too

“Everything he’s saying here is simply a lie, everybody knows he’s a liar,” Mr Biden said during an exchange about healthcare. He also called Mr Trump “the worst president this country has ever had”.

Not to be outdone, Mr Trump got in plenty of digs as well, firing at his adversary: “There’s nothing smart about you Joe. 47 years, you’ve done nothing.”

Spoiler alert: there’s more insults coming later.







Trump on Biden: ‘There’s nothing smart about you, Joe’

3. It could be months before the result is known

Mr Trump said: “I hope it’s going to be a fair election. But if I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated I can’t go along with that. It means you have a fraudulent election.”

The president also said he would be prepared to go to the Supreme Court – which could lean heavily to the right if his pick Amy Coney Barrett is approved by the Senate.

Mr Biden was more measured: “No one has established at all that there is fraud related to mail-in ballots. He has no idea what he’s talking about.

“The fact is, I will accept it and he will too. You know why? Because once the winner is declared after all the votes are counted, that will be the end of it.”

US correspondent Cordelia Lynch gave her thoughts: “The hard truth is we might not know the winner of this election for days or weeks after election night.

“Trump’s suggestion we might not know the result for months is more a threat than speculation. It’s going to be an ugly road to the inauguration.”







Candidates asked whether they will accept the election result

4. Trump is asked to condemn white supremacist groups – but instead focuses on the left. This got a lot of traction on social media

“He doesn’t want to calm things down,” Mr Biden said, adding that the president wanted to “pour gasoline on the fire”.

Asked to condemn white supremacist and militia groups, Mr Trump said: “Sure I’m willing to do that, but almost everything I see is from the left-wing.

“I’m willing to do anything. I want to see peace.”

Pressed further, Mr Trump said: “What do you want to call them? Give me a name. Give me a name?”

Finally, he said: “Proud Boys – Stand back, stand by, but I’ll tell you what, somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not right-wing problem… This is a left wing problem.”

Proud Boys, a neo-Nazi organisation, appeared to use Mr Trump’s “stand back, stand by” call in a new logo posted on Telegram shortly after the debate.







President Trump refused to condemn white supremacists who have been clashing with Black Lives Matter protesters

5. Inevitably, Trump’s taxes come up

Asked if it was true that he paid just $750 in income tax in 2016, as reported by The New York Times, Mr Trump said: “I paid millions of dollars in taxes, of income tax.”

“Show us your tax returns,” Mr Biden interjected.

Lynch felt a sense of deja vu: “Trump’s answer on his tax returns is exactly the same as it was four years ago during the debate with Hillary Clinton,” she wrote.

“Then: ‘As soon as the audit’s finished, it will be released.’

“Tonight: ‘You’ll see it as soon as it’s finished.'”







How much tax did you pay? Millions of dollars

6. Good news – the US is weeks away from a coronavirus vaccine, according to the president

“The president has no plan, he hasn’t laid out anything,” Mr Biden said of his opponent, pointing out that 200,000 Americans had died during the pandemic.

Mr Trump said millions would have died if Mr Biden was in charge – and claimed his early action to ban travel from China saved thousands of lives.

The president said the US was “weeks away” from a vaccine and his administration had done a “great job”.

7. Insults – part two

The president brought up Mr Biden’s son, Hunter, claiming the mayor of Moscow’s wife gave him millions of dollars and raising questions over his links with Ukraine.

Mr Trump also mentioned Hunter’s drug problems.

“His family we can talk about all night,” Mr Biden hit back, having claimed “it’s hard to get any word in with this clown – excuse me, this person”.

The pair later clashed about Mr Biden’s now deceased son Beau and his military service.







Biden on Trump: ‘You’re a clown’

So who won?

A CBS News instant poll found 48% thought Mr Biden won – 41% Mr Trump.

Many had a different view of the real loser – that being the American people.

“I’m afraid that this feels like the worst presidential debate ever. Substance starved, a playground slanging match,” wrote Lynch.

“It was arguably the most anticipated in 30 years. It was unlikely to be the most consequential. It is most certainly a low point.”

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Coronavirus deaths: More than one million have now died worldwide

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More than a million people around the world have now died in the coronavirus pandemic.

The data from Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the outbreak, also shows more than 33 million COVID-19 cases have been reported.

It comes after a significant rise in infections has triggered local lockdowns in countries such as France, Spain and the UK.

Coronavirus cases have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

On 22 September, the death toll in the United States, which has suffered more fatalities than any other country, passed 200,000.



Bereaved share stories of COVID deaths as disease reaches one million dead



Bereaved share COVID stories as disease reaches one million dead

India has the fastest infection rate in the world and is close to becoming the country with the highest number of cases.

The nation of 1.3 billion people currently has around 5.9 million infections – second only to the US, which has recorded more than seven million.

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However, India’s fatality rate is one of the lowest in the world, with experts saying it may be down to reasons such as its younger population.

The infection numbers in real time

The infection numbers in real time

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival, meanwhile, has been postponed for the first time in a century as Brazil continues to battle the second-deadliest coronavirus outbreak in the world.

Israel, which in September became the first country to re-enter a strict national lockdown, has voted to further tighten measures after restrictions failed to bring down the infection rate.

In the UK, around 17 million people – more than a quarter of the population – are living under tougher coronavirus restrictions after new measures on socialising came into force in large parts of the country.

In Africa, the World Health Organisation has said the outbreak may have passed its peak, but warned governments against complacency to avoid a second wave.

Coronavirus vaccine tracker

Coronavirus vaccine tracker

The WHO’s emergencies chief has said the number of global coronavirus deaths could reach two million before a vaccine is found and widely used, and without concerted action to curb the pandemic.

“It’s certainly unimaginable,”said Dr Mike Ryan.

“But it’s not impossible, because if we look at losing a million people in nine months and then we just look at the realities of getting a vaccine out there in the next nine months, it’s a big task for everyone involved.”

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Donald Trump ‘paid just $750 in income taxes’ in the year he was elected

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Donald Trump paid just $750 (£590) in federal income taxes in 2016 – the year he was elected, according to The New York Times.

An investigation by the newspaper also claimed that he didn’t pay any income tax at all in 10 of the 15 years before he became president.

The claims come just weeks before a divisive election, with early voting already under way.

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Donald Trump facing claims over tax payments

It is also claimed that his tax bill also came to just $750 in 2017 during his first year in office.

When asked about the report in his daily briefing, Mr Trump said: “It’s totally fake news, made up, fake. Actually I paid tax.”

Mr Trump insisted his tax details would be released when the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) finishes its audit.

“They’ve been under audit for some time,” Mr Trump added. “The IRS treat me very badly.”

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A lawyer for the Trump Organisation told the newspaper that “most, if not all, of the facts appear to be inaccurate”.

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In a statement he said the president “has paid tens of millions of dollars in personal taxes to the federal government, including paying millions in personal taxes since announcing his candidacy in 2015”.

The NY Times report claims Mr Trump was able to minimise his tax bill by reporting heavy losses across his business empire.

It said he claimed $47.4m (£37.1m) in losses in 2018, despite saying he had income of at least $434.9m (£340.7m) in a financial disclosure that year.

The US president’s consistent refusal to release his taxes has been a departure from standard practice for presidential candidates.

He is currently in a legal battle with New York City prosecutors and congressional Democrats who are seeking to obtain his returns.

During a presidential debate against Hillary Clinton in 2016, Mrs Clinton said that perhaps Mr Trump was not releasing his tax returns because he had paid nothing in federal taxes.

Mr Trump interrupted her to say: “That makes me smart.”



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Will this make much of a difference to Trump’s base? Probably not
Analysis by James Matthews

Tax dodging isn’t a good look. Certainly not in an election campaign.

Asking a public to lend you its vote isn’t made easier by asking its taxpayers to pay taxes you don’t. Certainly not when you’re the president of the United States.

And yet that’s the picture painted by the New York Times’ revelations. The tax dodger asking (another) favour of the taxpayer, for four more years in the White House.

Much of America reeled in dismay. As Maria Teresa Kumar, of “Voto Latino”, tweeted: “2016 taxes: Trump paid $750. Undocumented workers paid $27,000,000,000.00.”

But will it make much difference with Trump’s base vote? In truth, probably not.

Donald Trump has never scored well on honesty and integrity anyway and enough people view tax avoidance as acceptable and victimless to soften the impact on the core vote.

It could harm him in the eyes of the undecided and less committed, however.



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There is the strong whiff of dishonesty, yes, but there’s also the exposure of serial financial loss by a man feted as a corporate genius.

For him, that’s the part in all this that will surely be most excruciating. For the voter, it might be grounds to re-evaluate his reputation.

The revelations play into Joe Biden’s framing of the election as “Scranton vs Park Avenue.”

The Scranton-born contender needs to consolidate and win new support in Democratic heartland, in America’s ‘rust belt’, in Main Street USA and this might well be a win with the working class vote.

Democratic debate preparations could well include questions over taxes, financial loss and how a president in need of hard cash can guarantee national security in his effort to find it.

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