Coronavirus live news: France reports record new cases as WHO warns Europe case surge 'of great concern'

In a very different election race, in a country that has had a very different coronavirus response:

It’s been called the Covid election, with stability the order of the day.

But it has turned into the weirdest general election campaign New Zealanders have ever seen, with most of the country desperate for it to be over and some semblance of normality to resume in a deeply abnormal year.

After a month’s delay caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Auckland, the country’s largest city, New Zealanders will finally head to the voting booths on Saturday.

But with a record million people having already cast their vote in advance, even voting day will be subdued.

The lack of excitement and muted atmosphere has everything to do with Covid and incumbent Jacinda Ardern’s overwhelming success in managing the pandemic. For many struggling with job losses and uncertainty, the election is an unwelcome speed bump hindering a swift return to their old lives.

For months now, opinion polls have shown the Labour party streets ahead of the opposition National party, and it is currently leading by 15 points on 46%, with Ardern also leading in polls as the preferred prime minister.

US cases near 8m

NBC host Savannah Guthrie is commanding this Trump town hall in a way that we have rarely seen a moderator or interviewer do with the president over the last four years.

After the spectacle of the first debate, when Trump made over 100 interruptions by some counts, it’s been a breath of fresh air for many viewers:


i’m glad trump agreed to another debate. didn’t realize it would be with Savannah Guthrie.

October 16, 2020


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