Deborah Birx warns Covid-19 now 'extraordinarily widespread' in US – live

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Arkansas’ Republican governor Asa Hutchinson has seen a rise in cases in his state over the last few weeks, but has denied that shutting down bars and restaurants will help curb that trend.

“So far we have not seen any correlation between an increase in cases and lifting of restrictions,” he told CNN on Sunday morning. He added that wearing masks in public is vital “of course the most important about that is that people comply with it.”

“As everyone has indicated, there shouldn’t be any change in the date of the election … It is constitutional. It is required,” Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says.

“The President should accept the results just like presidents in the past have accepted the results.” #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/IJ7tGSvHeT

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More from Deborah Birx’s appearance on CNN. Covid-19 is seen by many as an urban disease that spreads in cities where people are crammed together, particularly after cities such as New York and Detroit were hit hard in the early stages of the pandemic. But Birx warned people in rural areas that Covid-19 is a danger for them too.

“To everybody who lives in a rural area, you are not immune or protected from this virus,” Birx said. “If you’re in multi-generational households, and there’s an outbreak in your rural area or in your city, you need to really consider wearing a mask at home, assuming that you’re positive, if you have individuals in your households with comorbidities … [the pandemic] is both rural and urban.”

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Source: The Guardian
Deborah Birx warns Covid-19 now 'extraordinarily widespread' in US – live