Wisconsin governor calls on Trump to consider canceling rallies amid Covid surge
...The governor of Wisconsin has called on Donald Trump to consider canceling a pair of campaign rallies scheduled for Saturday as the key swing state struggles to control a 22% surge in coronavirus cases over the last week.
The increasing infections in Wisconsin are part of a national trend of rising cases playing out as the presidential election enters the homestretch and the president, trailing badly in the polls, accelerates his search for votes.
That search will take Trump to airport hangars in the Wisconsin cities of Green Bay and La Crosse on Saturday, where thousands of people, many unlikely to be wearing masks based on recent rallies, are expected to huddle in open-air crowds to hear Trump speak. Barring a surprise victory elsewhere, Trump needs to win Wisconsin to win re-election.
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The campaign plan took shape as a major new study by researchers at Cornell University suggested that Trump is the world's largest source of misinformation about Covid-19. The findings were based on a comprehensive survey of 38m articles from traditional and online media.
While incidents of coronavirus transmission in open-air environments have not been documented as thoroughly as viral spreading in indoor settings, Wisconsin's governor, Tony Evers, a Democrat, suggested it was reckless for the president to draw thousands of people together in a "red zone" for transmission.
"The president could do two things: one is maybe not come to these two municipalities and cities that are ranked right up towards the top of all the places in the country [for infections]," Evers said....