Coronavirus live news: Trump falsely claims virus affects 'virtually' no young, as US nears 200,000 deaths

By Helen Sullivan

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Mexico's cases top 700,000

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Summary: Trump rally in Swanton, Ohio

  • Trump vowed to nominate a Supreme Court Justice before the election.
  • “As the nation mourns the loss of our Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, I will soon announce a nominee for the Supreme Court,” Trump said. “I don’t want to make the crowd too angry, it will be a woman, is that ok?”. The crowd chanted “fill the seat”.
  • The US president falsely claimed that coronavirus, which has killed nearly 200,000 Americans, “affects elderly people. Elderly people with heart problems and other problems. If they have other problems, that’s what it really affects. That’s it.”
  • He also falsely claimed that it affects “virtually” no young people.
  • Many people in the crowd did not wear masks.
  • Trump claimed the US has “among the lowest case fatality rates of any country in the world.” This is not true: The US has one of the highest fatality rates per 100,000 population, at 57.97. Here is a map from Our World in Data of the rates per million:
Our World in Data confirmed deaths per million.
Our World in Data confirmed deaths per million. Photograph: Online

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New Zealand records zero new coronavirus cases

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Daniel Dale (@ddale8)

Ohio does not have "unsolicited" mail ballots. Registered voters are sent an absentee ballot *application,* but they have to request a ballot. In other words, this is the kind of mail voting system Trump sometimes says is fair.

September 22, 2020

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Daniel Dale (@ddale8)

Trump says the November 3 election will "decide whether we end the pandemic" or not, meaning that re-electing him will end the pandemic that has caused 200,000 confirmed deaths under him and is not close to ending.

September 22, 2020

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Trump says virus affects "virtually" no young people

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Daniel Dale (@ddale8)

Trump says suburban women, including minorities, don't want "projects right next to their house." He adds, "I think suburbia has gotta wake up, because uh, if they get in, you know who's in charge? you know who's in charge of the program? Cory Booker. Cory Booker." (No.)

September 22, 2020

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