Trump’s hospital stay for Covid fuels concerns condition is serious as new White House cases emerge – live

2.47pm BST

Sean Patterson is not worried that Donald Trump has been hospitalized with coronavirus because he believes what the president tells him.

“It’s a hoax. There’s no pandemic. As Trump said, how many millions die of flu?” said the 56-year-old truck driver outside the early voting station in St Joseph, Missouri – a stronghold for the president.

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2.36pm BST

There is plenty of baseless and unsourced rumour around Donald Trump’s condition – it’s not hard to find on Twitter – which has been encouraged to a certain extent by the lack of information from the White House. While it’s still relatively early on Saturday morning, the White House has yet to schedule an official briefing on the president’s condition.

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