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Second presidential debate will be virtual

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The Commission on Presidential Debates announced Thursday morning that the next presidential debate will be held virtually, citing health and safety concerns. The second debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will be held next Thursday.

“The second presidential debate will take the form of a town meeting, in which the candidates would participate from separate remote locations. The town meeting participants and the moderator, Steve Scully, Senior Executive Producer & Political Editor, C-SPAN Networks, will be located at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County in Miami, Florida. The White House Pool will provide coverage of the second presidential debate,” the Commission said in a statement.

The President was diagnosed with COVID-19 last Thursday. Trump returned Monday to the White House after spending the weekend receiving treatment at Walter Reed Military Medical Center. The President has been asymptomatic for several days and has developed COVID-19 antibodies, according to the White House doctor.

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State officials, CDC investigating monkeypox case in Florida

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Florida state health officials, are investigating what is believed to be a case of monkeypox. A statement from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County stated the “case is related to international travel, and the person remains isolated.”

Late Friday a New York City resident also tested positive for the virus that causes monkeypox, and is the state’s first confirmed case. On Sunday, President Joe Biden made his first public statements about the outbreaks, saying the recent spread of monkeypox in at least 12 countries are “something that everybody should be concerned about.”

Axios reports a person was confirmed positive with the virus in Massachusetts, New York and “roughly a half dozen other cases” are “being monitored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

 

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