Nevada Governor: Trump putting lives in danger

Updated: 17 September, 2020 09:51 IST | Agencies | Las Vegas

US president continues to defy COVID-19 health guidelines and holds his first indoor rally since June with a packed, mostly mask-less crowd in Nevada, drawing ire from the governor

Trump speaks during a campaign at Xtreme Manufacturing on Sunday in Henderson, Nevada. Pic/AFP
Trump speaks during a campaign at Xtreme Manufacturing on Sunday in Henderson, Nevada. Pic/AFP

In open defiance of state regulations and his own administration's pandemic health guidelines, President Donald Trump on Sunday hosted his first indoor rally since June with a packed, mask-less Nevada crowd.

Eager to project a sense of normalcy in imagery, Trump soaked up the raucous cheers inside a warehouse. Not since a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that was blamed for a surge of novel coronavirus cases has he gathered supporters indoors.

There was no early mention from the president that the pandemic had killed nearly 2,00,000 Americans and was still claiming 1,000 lives a day. Few in the crowd wore masks, with one clear exception: Those in the stands directly behind Trump, whose images would end up on TV, were mandated to wear face coverings.

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Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat, said, "To put it bluntly: he didn't have the guts to make tough choices," Sisolak said of Trump's handling of the virus. "He left that to governors and the states. Now he's decided he doesn't have to respect our State's laws. As usual, he doesn't believe the rules apply to him."

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"We have proof that delivering influenza vaccines via a nasal spray can protect people against flu as well as help to reduce the transmission of the disease,"said Dr Chris Chiu of Imperial, who is leading the research. He suggested that might also be the case with COVID-19.

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First Published: 15 September, 2020 08:39 IST

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