Coronavirus live news: China reports highest infections in two months; US sees almost 500,000 cases in one week

French death toll is highest since April; Merkel warns German health system could be overwhelmed; Russia seeks accelerated registration from WHO for Sputnik V vaccine. Follow the latest updates

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Lorna parkes reports for the Guardian:

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US President Donald Trump says Covid-19 cases in the US are ‘way down’ despite nearly half a million people contracting the virus in the country over the last seven days, according to a Reuters tally.

Speaking one week out from the election at a campaign rally in Wisconsin, Trump made a baseless prediction that the media would say the country was doing ‘extremely well’ one day after the election:

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