Coronavirus live news: global cases pass 35m as Walter Reed physician calls Trump drive ‘insanity’

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12.05am BST

Shortly after a masked US President Donald Trump climbed into a car driven by a secret service agent – wearing a medical gown, face shield and mask – an attending physician at Walter Reed Medical Centre, where Trump is currently being treated for coronavirus, condemned the drive, calling it “insanity”.

In a second tweet he said: “the irresponsibility is astounding.”

Every single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential “drive-by” just now has to be quarantined for 14 days. They might get sick. They may die. For political theater. Commanded by Trump to put their lives at risk for theater. This is insanity.

That Presidential SUV is not only bulletproof, but hermetically sealed against chemical attack. The risk of COVID19 transmission inside is as high as it gets outside of medical procedures. The irresponsibility is astounding. My thoughts are with the Secret Service forced to play.

11.55pm BST

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

I’m Helen Sullivan and in this blog, I’ll be bringing you the latest coronavirus developments from around the world as well as key Trump developments.

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