Trump condemned for Covid stunt ‘insanity’ as US approaches 7.5m cases – US politics live

10.56am BST

With the US rapidly approaching 7.5m confirmed coronavirus cases, it isn’t just the virus itself causing problems, but also the knock-on effects. Michael Sainato has been reporting for us on how the pandemic has worsened the opioid addiction crisis in the US:

Destiny Rozek, 22, of Holbrook, New York on Long Island has struggled with opioid addiction for the past four years, a struggle she said has worsened during America’s coronavirus pandemic.

Rozek explained that several detox facilities have closed and coronavirus safety protocols have limited the assistance several other facilities once provided. She went to a detox facility several weeks ago, but was discharged after a couple of nights because they needed space in the ward.

Related: ‘There was nothing to help me’: how the pandemic has worsened opioid addiction

10.20am BST

Moira Donegan has written for us this morning, pondering that now coronavirus has reached Republicans, maybe they will have to know what the rest of the world feels like? She says:

The administration’s handling of the president’s illness has had the shambolic quality of Wile E Coyote attempting to catch Road Runner. They are caught in such absurdly transparent lies that one almost expects their noses to grow long as they speak, or a cartoon anvil to drop on their heads in divine retribution. It would be funny, if only these people did not also possess such terrifying power along with their ostentatious incompetence.

It has long been clear, both from their own statements and from reporting done by outlets such as Vanity Fair, that the Trump administration considers deaths and illness from the virus in blue states to be insignificant, acceptable casualties. But the choice in Bedminster to endanger his own supporters defies that logic. Unless of course, you are Donald Trump, who views ever interaction as transactional and every human being as a number. The Bedminster event, remember, was a campaign fundraiser – it ultimately raised more than $5m for his re-election bid. To Trump, even those who fulfill his own need for constant adulation are less valuable as human beings than they are as sources of revenue. And Trump certainly does not care about the workers whose labor is necessary to put on such events – the security and janitors and caterers and tech staff whose health, lives and families are threatened by his carelessness.

Related: America has a superspreader president. He put us all – and himself – at risk | Moira Donegan

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