November 2 coronavirus news

By Zamira Rahim, Lauren Kent, Ben Westcott and Steve George, CNN

Updated 12:01 a.m. ET, November 3, 2020
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6:40 a.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Trump suggests he might fire Fauci after election, following pandemic comments

From CNN's Kevin Liptak

Dr. Anthony Fauci attends a news conference at the White House on March 25.
Dr. Anthony Fauci attends a news conference at the White House on March 25. Sarah Silbiger/UPI/Bloomberg/Getty Images

US President Donald Trump suggested to a Florida crowd he may fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, after this week's election.

Speaking after midnight following a full day of campaigning, the President was complaining about the news media coverage of Covid-19 when the crowd broke out into a "Fire Fauci" chant.

"Don't tell anybody but let me wait until a little bit after the election," Trump said to cheers. "I appreciate the advice."
Later, Trump claimed Fauci is "a nice guy, but he's been wrong a lot."

Most of the crowd in Florida was not wearing masks; Trump has proceeded with rallies in states with rampant coronavirus outbreaks, believing his message of reopening will resonate with voters.

Trump's comments come after the White House on Saturday unleashed on Fauci following his comments to the Washington Post that criticized the Trump administration's response to the pandemic, including Dr. Scott Atlas, whom the President has relied on for advice on handling the coronavirus.

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4:45 a.m. ET, November 2, 2020

White House coronavirus adviser apologizes for interview with Russian propaganda network

From CNN's David Goldman, Alexis Benveniste and Nicky Robertson

Dr. Scott Atlas, member of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, walks at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 12.
Dr. Scott Atlas, member of the White House Coronavirus Taskforce, walks at the White House in Washington, DC, on October 12. Nichoas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Dr. Scott Atlas, an adviser on the White House Coronavirus Task Force, apologized after appearing in an interview with Russian state broadcaster RT, just days before Election Day.

In his apology, Atlas claimed he was unaware RT was a registered foreign agent.

RT is owned by Russian state-owned news agency RIA Novosti and subsidiary RT America is registered with the US Justice Department as an agent of the Russian government.

The Kremlin uses RT to spread English-language propaganda to American audiences, and was part of Russia's election meddling in 2016, according to a 2017 report from the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Twitter labeled a video from the Russian-state controlled broadcaster RT as election misinformation on Thursday. YouTube videos posted by RT carry the disclaimer: "RT is funded in whole or in part by the Russian government."

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4:29 a.m. ET, November 2, 2020

US records more than 81,000 new coronavirus cases in just 24 hours

According to Johns Hopkins University's tally of cases in the United States, there were 81,493 new coronavirus infections recorded on Sunday, bringing the country's total number of confirmed cases to at least 9,206,975.

Johns Hopkins University also recorded 447 new deaths in the past 24 hours. The US death toll from Covid-19 now stands at more than 230,995 fatalities.

The totals include cases from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and other US territories, as well as repatriated cases. 

For regular updates, please follow CNN’s map, which uses Johns Hopkins data to refresh every 15 minutes:

3:14 a.m. ET, November 2, 2020

World surpasses 1.2 million Covid-19 deaths

The global death toll from the novel coronavirus surpassed 1.2 million Monday at 1 a.m. Eastern Time (ET), according to Johns Hopkins University's global tally.

As of Monday, Johns Hopkins reported 1,200,310 coronavirus deaths worldwide, with the United States holding the highest number of deaths from the virus.

To date, there have been more than 230,000 Covid-19 deaths in the US.

It has been just two weeks since the world reached 1.1 million coronavirus deaths on Saturday October 17.

The world's total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases currently stands at 46,500,057, according to the university's tally.

2:53 a.m. ET, November 2, 2020

US President Trump suggests he may fire Dr. Anthony Fauci after election

President Donald Trump speaks during his campaign event at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport in Opa Locka, Florida, on November 1, 2020 .
President Donald Trump speaks during his campaign event at Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport in Opa Locka, Florida, on November 1, 2020 . Joe Raedle/Getty Images

For the first time today, a "Fire Fauci" chant broke out during President Donald Trump's election campaign rally in Opa-Locka, Florida.

"Don't tell anybody but let me wait until a little bit after the election. I appreciate the advice," Trump said in response. 

Later, he said of Fauci:  “He’s a nice guy but he’s been wrong a lot.”

President Trump's comments at his midnight rally in Florida come after the White House on Saturday unleashed on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the country's leading infectious disease expert, following his comments to the Washington Post.

In an interview, Fauci criticized the Trump administration's response to the pandemic, including Dr. Scott Atlas, who the President has relied on for advice on handling the coronavirus.

1:43 a.m. ET, November 2, 2020

British PM Johnson to tell MPs coronavirus deaths could be twice as high in second wave 

From CNN's Flora Charner and Sugam Pokharel in Atlanta 

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in 10 Downing Street  in London, on October 31.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a press conference in 10 Downing Street in London, on October 31. Alberto Pezzali-Pool/Getty Images

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make a statement in the House of Commons on Monday warning lawmakers that coronavirus deaths in the winter could be twice as high as during the first wave of the outbreak, according to Britain's Press Association. 

The news agency reports that Johnson will say there is no alternative but to impose a recently announced lockdown in England. 

"Models of our scientists suggest that unless we act now, we could see deaths over the winter that are twice as bad or more compared with the first wave," Johnson is expected to say, according to PA.

"Faced with these latest figures, there is no alternative but to take further action at a national level.”

The new lockdown, which is set to come into effect in England from Thursday morning, following a vote in Parliament Wednesday, will see all bars and restaurants closed except for takeout and delivery, as well as the closure of all non-essential businesses including gyms and hair salons. Schools, universities and childcare facilities will remain open. 

Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for specific purposes including education, work (if they cannot work from home), exercise, medical issues, or to buy food and essential items. 

Johnson will say on Monday that the Government will "seek to ease restrictions" on December 2 when the lockdown period is scheduled to end, PA reported. 

However, UK Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Gove said Sunday that England's second lockdown could be extended beyond December 2.  

1:40 a.m. ET, November 2, 2020

Slovakia tests nearly half of its population in one day

From CNN’s Sharif Paget and Sugam Pokharel in Atlanta

People queue to be tested for Covid-19 during nationwide testing in Bratislava, Slovakia, on October 31.
People queue to be tested for Covid-19 during nationwide testing in Bratislava, Slovakia, on October 31. Vladimir Simicek/AFP/Getty Images

Around 2.58 million people in Slovakia were tested on the first day of countrywide coronavirus testing on Saturday, Slovakian news agency TASR reported. 

Of those tested, 25,850 or approximately 1% tested positive for the virus, according to TASR. 

After seeing a recent surge of infections across Slovakia, Prime Minister Igor Matovic announced last month a plan to test everyone aged 10 years and over in the country for Covid-19. 

Matovic said “testing will be free-of-charge” for the population of 5.4 million. 

Five thousand testing stations were set up for the operation and up to 20 thousand health workers have been involved in the testing. 

Slovakia went into an official state of emergency on October 1 when its infection rates started going up. 

According to TASR, the Prime Minister on Sunday said that the mask mandate for all public areas and other measures, including a ban on mass gatherings, will remain in place even after the mass testing is completed. 

1:25 a.m. ET, November 2, 2020

WHO chief Tedros to self-quarantine after coming into contact with Covid-19 case

From CNN's Sugam Pokharel in Atlanta

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on Covid-19 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 9.
World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on Covid-19 at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 9. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced on Sunday that he will self-quarantine after being "identified as a contact of someone" who tested positive for Covid-19. 

"I am well and without symptoms but will self-quarantine over the coming days, in line with @WHO protocols, and work from home," he wrote on Twitter. 
"It is critically important that we all comply with health guidance. This is how we will break chains of #COVID19transmission, suppress the virus, and protect health systems," Tedros further said. 

1:24 a.m. ET, November 2, 2020

British media says that Prince William contracted coronavirus earlier this year

From CNN's Jennifer Deaton

Wearing a face covering to curb the spread of coronavirus, Prince William, is seen here on a visit to St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, England, on October 20.
Wearing a face covering to curb the spread of coronavirus, Prince William, is seen here on a visit to St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, England, on October 20. Matt Dunham/WPA Pool/Getty Images

Prince William, second-in-line to the British throne, tested positive for coronavirus earlier this year but didn't tell the public, according to the BBC, citing palace sources. 

The Sun newspaper first broke the story, reporting that Prince William told an “observer” at a function that he did not go public because “There were important things going on and I didn’t want to worry anyone.”

The Sun said that Prince William took a seven-day break from calls and video messages from April 9 until April 16, when he opened the Nightingale Hospital in Birmingham via video link. The Duke of Cambridge otherwise carried out 14 telephone and video engagements in the month of April, according to the Sun newspaper.

Prince Charles, William’s father and heir to the British throne, tested positive for coronavirus in late March, and self-isolated in Scotland for a week.  

The Press Association reported that Kensington Palace, William’s residence and office, did not comment on the matter when contacted on Sunday, but also did not deny the report.  

CNN has also contacted Kensington Palace for comment but has not yet heard back.

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