US election roundup: Trump claims he ‘ended’ the pandemic as cases surge

Early votes top 70m – more than half of all votes cast in 2016 – while Trump pursues tactic of minimising coronavirus pandemic

The deluge of early votes for Tuesday’s US presidential election has topped 70m – the equivalent of more than half of all votes cast in 2016 – as Donald Trump brazenly listed one of the highlights of his presidency as “ending the Covid-19 pandemic”.

Trump’s claim, delivered in a White House press release, came in a week that has seen days of record new infections, daily deaths running at almost 1,000 a day, and a 23% increase in cases.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: US election roundup: Trump claims he ‘ended’ the pandemic as cases surge ———