Coronavirus live news: Trump pushes to open churches as Brazil death toll passes 20,000

Posted by on May 21, 2020 7:15 pm
Categories: Global Stories

President visits Michigan factory without mask; Italy death toll could be 60% higher than assumed; Russia industrial output falls 6.6% in April. Follow the latest updates

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Hello and welcome to the Guardian’s ongoing live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Donald Trump has promised that he is working on plans to allow churches to hold Sunday services again, and “you’re going to see something come out very soon”. He made his remarks at a Ford factory in Michigan, where he did not wear a mask, despite, the state’s attorney general writing an open letter to him yesterday saying the president had “not only a legal responsibility, but also a social and moral responsibility” to wear a mask during his tour. Trump has locked horns with Michigan’s Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer, over the states lockdown rules and restrictions.

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