Coronavirus US: Daily deaths remain above 1,000 as Fauci set to appear before House – live updates

Good morning, here’s our live coverage of US politics, the Black Lives Matter protest movement and the coronavirus crisis for the day. Here’s a catch-up on where we are, and what we can expect from Friday

  • Yesterday the US reported more than 1,000 coronavirus fatalities for the fourth consecutive day. The total number of cases nationwide increased by more 67,000
  • Republicans took no action to extend federal unemployment benefits before the Senate adjourned. As a result, as many as 30 million Americans will see their incomes drop as the $600 expansion disappears. The country’s economy just suffered its sharpest contraction since the second world war
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci will be among health experts testifying this morning in a hybrid session of the Select subcommittee on coronavirus crisis. The title of the session is “The urgent need for a national plan to contain the coronavirus”
  • There’s anger after St Louis county officials announced that the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri will not face charges
  • Donald Trump’s tweet about delaying the electionwhich he can’t do – got short shrift from fellow Republicans
  • Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany is holding a briefing this morning. Trump is meeting the National Association of Police Organizations Leadership, and then later on is out and about in Florida where he will be talking about the Covid-19 response and attending a fundraiser

You get in touch with me at martin.belam@theguardian.com, I’ll be here for the next couple of hours

The Guardian

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