Coronavirus live news: doctor clears Trump to return to public events on Saturday; record global case rise

By Helen Sullivan

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Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan)

Mark the date, we have reached the point where even Sean Hannity is asking Trump simple questions that the president can’t or won’t answer https://t.co/HgMpIsOCJn

October 9, 2020

22:12

Wisconsin sets up field hospital as cases surge

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Aaron Rupar (@atrupar)

Trump has some more troubles with his voice pic.twitter.com/YFUma9opp7

October 9, 2020

22:01

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Aaron Rupar (@atrupar)

Trump says he wants to debate Biden but wants moderators like Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Judge Jeanine, Mark Levin, Laura Ingraham, or Tucker Carlson pic.twitter.com/52wJO9SStn

October 9, 2020

21:53

Debate commission won't rethink virtual debate

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22 October debate between Biden and Trump likely slated to go on, says commission

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Trump says he will be tested tomorrow and that 'There's no reason to test all the time'

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Trump tells Hannity he has not been tested again for coronavirus, says he wants to hold rally on Saturday

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Democrats in the US Congress have announced a plan to create a commission to review whether Donald Trump is capable of carrying out his presidential duties or should face removal from office.

The office of the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, announced a Friday press conference about the bill after she expressed concern that Trump, who is under treatment for coronavirus at the White House, is suffering a “disassociation from reality”.

The president has unleashed a barrage of erratic and self-contradictory tweets and declarations in recent days that have left staff scrambling and raised concerns over his stability.

Pelosi, who is negotiating a Covid-19 economic stimulus plan, responded at her weekly press conference: “The plan isn’t for the president to say that he’s a perfect physical specimen. Specimen, maybe I can agree with that ... And young, he said he was young.”

Trump “is, shall we say, in an altered state right now” and “the disassociation from reality would be funny if it weren’t so deadly,” the 80-year-old speaker added while wearing a mask.

Trump reacted angrily to Pelosi’s manoeuvre, tweeting: “Crazy Nancy is the one who should be under observation. They don’t call her Crazy for nothing!”