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Less than a month before Election Day, the rate of hospitalizations from covid-19 are on the rise in key battleground states throughout the Midwest, while states where President Trump has been leading are seeing a surge in new infections. The increases come as the distinctly different leadership styles and approaches of Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden, to addressing the pandemic emerge as key themes of the presidential race.

Here are some significant developments:

  • At least 7,500,000 coronavirus cases and 211,000 fatalities have been reported in the United States since February, according to data tracked by The Washington Post.
  • President Trump returned to the Oval Office for the first time since being released from the hospital on Monday, as the White House again refused to say when the president last tested negative for the coronavirus.
  • A letter sent by the top public health official attesting to Vice President Pence’s health and proclaiming him safe to debate Wednesday night is sparking outcry from public health experts.
  • Less than a month before Election Day the rate of hospitalizations from covid-19 are on the rise in key battleground states throughout the Midwest, while states where President Trump has been leading are seeing a surge in new infections.
  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to make a deal with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to rescue the airline industry, just a day after President Trump abruptly cut off talks on a broader stimulus bill.
  • Country music star Morgan Wallen was dropped by “Saturday Night Live” as this week’s upcoming musical guest after videos emerged of him partying without a mask.