Trump, Coronavirus, Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: Your Tuesday Briefing

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Good morning.

We’re covering President Trump’s departure from the hospital, Britain’s huge data-entry mistake and Kamala Harris’s disco-dancing days in Canada.

Three nights after arriving at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center because of a Covid-19 diagnosis, President Trump returned on Monday evening to the White House, where he will continue to receive treatment. His departure from the hospital — complete with fist-pumping flourishes, a 10-minute helicopter ride and a public removal of his mask — was broadcast live on three major U.S. networks.

Earlier in the day, his physician, Dr. Sean P. Conley, said the president was not “out of the woods yet.” Mr. Trump’s doctors evaded key questions about his condition, including his lung function and the date of his last negative coronavirus test — before he tested positive.

“We’re looking to this weekend,” Dr. Conley said. “If we can get through to Monday, with him remaining the same or improving better yet, then we will all take that final deep sigh of relief.”

These remarks came after Mr. Trump tweeted: “Feeling really good! Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.” In doing so, as he has throughout the pandemic, he downplayed the seriousness of a virus that has killed nearly 210,000 people in the United States.

White House outbreak: On Monday, the press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, became the latest in the president’s inner circle, along with two other members of the press team, to announce that she had tested positive for the virus. Ms. McEnany said she would be isolating.

Joe Biden: Speaking in Miami to key potential voters, the former vice president wished Mr. Trump well but urged him to listen to experts on the pandemic. A poll conducted last week found Mr. Biden leading Mr. Trump by five percentage points in Florida.

In the latest stumble for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s beleaguered test-and-trace program, nearly 16,000 positive test results for the coronavirus between Sept. 25 and Oct. 2 were improperly recorded, because of a routine data-entry error — Excel files containing the names of people who tested positive were too large to transfer to a central computer system.

As well as producing an artificially low picture of the virus’s spread and delaying efforts to trace those at risk, the botched numbers resulted in yet more criticism for the Johnson government. More than 57,000 people have died from the virus in Britain, the highest number in Europe. The country is now facing a second wave of infections.

“This incident should never have happened,” the health secretary, Matt Hancock, said to Parliament on Monday, promising that the government would conduct an investigation and upgrade its outmoded computer systems.

Quote: “This isn’t just a shambles,” said the Labour shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth. “It is so much worse than this.”

Senator Kamala Harris spent her formative adolescent years in Montreal, in a multicultural environment typical of many Canadian public schools. At the time, one classmate said, she “melted in with everyone,” straddling the school’s racial divides and finding belonging and sisterhood in its Black community.

During the pandemic, travel, as we knew it, has changed.

In that vein, our 52 Places list will be different in 2021. While we can’t know what lies ahead, we can still share the places we’ve loved, and continue to inspire curiosity, open-mindedness and awe for the wider world.

That’s why we’re turning to you for next year’s list, which we are calling 52 Places We Love. We want 52 love letters to travel, all penned and photographed by you, our readers around the world, each about one place in the world that is special to you. It can be a popular tourist destination, or a place that’s largely overlooked. You might inspire someone else to go there one day, or to reconsider their assumptions, or to spark their inquisitiveness about a new piece of the world — all the empowering things that travel brings to our lives.

You can submit your recommendation here.


Thanks for starting your morning with The Times. Have an excellent day.

— Natasha


Thank you
To Melissa Clark for the recipe, and to Theodore Kim and Jahaan Singh for the rest of the break from the news. You can reach the team at [email protected]

P.S.
• We’re listening to “The Daily.” Our latest episode is about the latest on President Trump’s health.
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