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We report on President Trump Departure from the hospital, Great Britain major data entry error and Kamala Harris’ disco dance days in Canada.
President Trump leaves the hospital
Three nights after arriving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with a Covid-19 diagnosis, President Trump returned to the White House on Monday evening, where he will continue to receive treatment. His farewell to the hospital – complete with fist-pumping flourishes, a 10-minute helicopter ride, and removing his mask in public – was broadcast live on three major U.S. networks.
Earlier in the day, his doctor said Dr. Sean P. Conley, the president is not “out of the woods” yet. Mr Trump’s doctors ran out of important questions about his condition, including his lung function and the date of his last negative coronavirus test – before he tested positive.
“We’re looking forward to this weekend,” said Dr. Conley. “If we get through by Monday, if it stays the same or just improves, we will all take that last deep sigh of relief.”
These comments came after Mr. Trump tweeted, “I feel really good! Do not be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. “As he did during the pandemic, he downplayed the severity of a virus that killed almost 210,000 people in the United States.
White House Outbreak: On Monday, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, along with two other members of the press team, became the youngest member of the president’s inner circle to announce that she had tested positive for the virus. Ms. McEnany said she was isolating.
Joe Biden: The former vice president spoke to key potential voters in Miami and wished Mr. Trump all the best, but urged him to listen to experts on the pandemic. A poll conducted last week found that Mr Biden leads Mr Trump by five percentage points in Florida.
Britain’s embarrassing Excel spreadsheet error
The recent stumble for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s beleaguered test-and-trace program saw nearly 16,000 positive test results for the coronavirus between September 25 and October 2 due to a routine data entry error – Excel files called The Names Of Those Who Tested Positive People were too big to be transferred to a central computer system.
The botched numbers not only provided an artificially poor picture of the spread of the virus and delayed efforts to track down the people at risk, but also led to even more criticism from the Johnson administration. More than 57,000 people have died from the virus in the UK, the highest number in Europe. The country is now facing a second wave of infections.
“This incident should never have happened,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told Parliament on Monday, promising that the government would conduct an investigation and upgrade its outdated computer systems.
Quote: “This is not just a mess,” said Labor Party’s shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth. “It’s so much worse than that.”
Clashes between Azerbaijan and Armenia
Although skirmishes in the Nagorno-Karabakh region led by Armenian separatists but internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan have long been widespread, recent conflicts have varied in scale and scope. Both sides have deployed armed drones and powerful long-range missile artillery, while Turkey has offered assistance to Azerbaijan.
Now Stepanakert, once a town with well-tended boulevards and stately stone houses, is littered with the ruins of buildings after two days of heavy bombing. On the Azerbaijani side, authorities said missiles had landed in a residential area of Ganja, the country’s second largest city. At least 250 people have been killed in the recent fighting, including dozens of civilians on both sides.
The cause of the fighting is controversial. Azerbaijan said it responded to artillery fire on the front lines on September 27. Armenia said the Azerbaijani offensive was not provoked.
Analysis: Negotiating a ceasefire is more difficult now than it was in 2016, an analyst said, as Azerbaijan felt misled by the deal. At that time, Russia signed a ceasefire with assurances that it would return an area occupied by ethnic Armenians to Azerbaijan in the 1990s, but that never happened.
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Kamala Harris’ teenage years in Montreal
Senator Kamala Harris spent her formative teenage years in Montreal in the multicultural environment typical of many Canadian public schools. At the time, one classmate said, “she merged with everyone,” spread the school’s racial gaps, and found affiliation and sisterhood in her black community.
Now that she is the first black woman to make history on a presidential ticket, Canadians have claimed her as a native daughter and embodiment of the country’s progressive politics. Our Canadian correspondent watched how her high school years of disco dancing shaped Ms. Harris, whose father is from Jamaica and whose mother is from India.
The following also happens
SCOTUS: Two Supreme Court justices suggested that the court re-examine the 2015 case that legalized same-sex marriage in the US, saying the ruling hampered freedom of religion. Two of the five majority judges in this case are no longer in court.
Archaeological Controversy: Thirty-eight large Atlas statues, all now destroyed, once adorned the ancient Greek temple of Olympian Zeus. Archaeologists have come up with a novel plan for the remains – piece by piece reassembling the temple’s beams to restore some of its original grandeur.
Nobel Prize: This year’s Physiology or Medicine Prize went to three scientists – two Americans and one British – for discovering the hepatitis C virus. Read more about the winners Harvey Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles Rice.
Snapshot: Above, police arrested a woman during a weekend protest in Tel Aviv. As the number of coronavirus cases rose and a second lockdown was imposed, many residents beat the government and took to the streets to build on a movement that called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to step down.
Lived life: Thomas Jefferson Byrd, 70, a Tony-nominated actor known for his roles in various Spike Lee films, was found shot dead on a street in Atlanta, authorities said Sunday.
What we read: This Los Angeles Times profile of singer Stevie Nicks. Dan Saltzstein, assistant editor for special departments, writes: “Who doesn’t love Stevie Nicks? Take your stance on the pandemic. As the children say, it is a mood. “
Now a break from the news
Cook: Serve these fried eggplants with chilli, honey and ricotta as a first course, as a hearty side dish or as a light main course with a green salad.
See: “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet” traces the natural scientist’s decades-long career and shows how much the biodiversity of the planet before him had degenerated. Our reviewer calls it a “majestic documentary”.
To do: Whether you want to relax, entertain, or work, a footstool is a piece of furniture to add to your living room. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect one.
Expand your horizons from the comfort of your living room. At home, you have ideas for what to read, cook, see, and do while being safe at home.
And now for the background story about …
The places you love
A specialty from the Times travel section, 52 Places to Go has traditionally relied on editors, reporters, and contributors for recommendations on the latest things to see and do for the coming year. It’s our annual guide to the world’s most amazing travel destinations.
During the pandemic, travel as we knew it changed.
With that in mind, our list of 52 places in 2021 will be different. While we may not know what lies ahead, we can still share the places we loved and continue to inspire curiosity, openness, and awe of the world.
So we turn to you for next year’s list of 52 places we love. We want 52 love letters to travel, all written and photographed by you, our readers around the world A place in the world that is something special to you. It can be a popular tourist destination or a place that is largely overlooked. You could inspire someone else to go there one day, rethink their assumptions or spark their curiosity about a new piece of the world – all the powerful things travel brings into our lives.
You can make your recommendation here.
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