Unmasked Trump takes Covid back into White House

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Top story: Biden – cover your face for others’ sake

a close up of a flag hanging on a wall: Trump pulls off his mask on the balcony of the White House.

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Trump pulls off his mask on the balcony of the White House.

Good morning, Warren Murray enlightening you this Tuesday morn.

Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential candidate, said he was not surprised by Donald Trump’s coronavirus infection and declared that “masks matter” as the still-infected president returned to the White House and pointedly removed his mask on the balcony. Shortly after flying back from the Walter Reed medical centre, an unmasked Trump recorded a rambling, triumphalist video statement in which he claimed to be overcoming the virus, said, “Maybe I’m immune!” and urged Americans: “Don’t let it dominate you. Don’t be afraid of it. You’re gonna beat it … Be careful!”

Biden said: “I would hope that the president having gone through what he went through – and I’m glad he seems to be coming along pretty well – would communicate the right lesson to the American people … These masks, they matter. It saves lives. The only thing I heard was one of the tweets saying that, you know, don’t be so concerned about all this, essentially. There’s a lot to be concerned about.” Dr Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious diseases expert, who has been shunned by Trump, told CNN that doctors would need to monitor the president for a “reversal” in his progression because he was still in the danger period. Fauci also said he strongly suspected an experimental monoclonal antibody drug given to Trump was helping him recover.

Julian Borger writes that the next four weeks will be dangerous not just for Trump but those around him. “Many students of Trump’s life and career have warned that he would be prepared to sacrifice anyone