200,000 dead

Evening Briefing

More than 30 million people have been infected with the coronavirus since it appeared early this year. Soon, a million will have been confirmed to have died from it. America, the worst hit country by sheer numbers, is closing in on 200,000 confirmed Covid-19 fatalities, about 20% of the global total. And U.S. infections are accelerating again. Here is the latest on the pandemic. —David E. Rovella

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Here are today's top stories

Technology shares pushed U.S. stocks to a six-week low on Friday. The S&P 500 fell for a third day ahead of a so-called quadruple witching, a quarterly event that typically fuels trading and sometimes volatility as large derivatives positions roll over. But consumer sentiment and the bond market provided better news.

The Trump administration moved to ban Chinese-owned WeChat and TikTok apps from U.S. app stores as of Sunday, while reserving the right to reverse a ban on TikTok's video-streaming service once it can hammer out a deal to satisfy national security concerns.

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan threw his support behind a second U.S. coronavirus bailout package, saying it's needed to help restaurants, airlines, performing-arts venues and local governments. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she's willing to aid airlines and restaurants as part of any deal. Wall Street, however, is losing faith that desperate states and municipalities will get any help.

Bond investors who wagered on malls owned by Starwood Capital Group are starting to take losses after the pandemic shuttered stores and wiped out reserves that had kept interest payments flowing. Now, there's a $700 Million CMBS portfolio on the brink.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden stressed his middle class roots in Pennsylvania; Attorney General William Barr has gone all-in for President Donald Trump; Michigan mail-in votes will count even if received two weeks late; The FBI says Russia is bent on tilting the election to Trump, just as it tried to do in 2016. Here is the latest on the campaign.

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny

Photographer: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Vladimir Putin botched his latest attempt to kill an enemy, this time anticorruption activist Alexey Navalny, western officials claim. Instead, Russia triggered a new downward spiral for its ties with Europe.

India's economic recovery prospects have gone from bad to worse after the nation emerged as a new global hotspot for the coronavirus, with more than 5 million infections.

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The Arms Race to Kill Airborne Coronavirus

When the novel coronavirus arrived, it started infecting and killing employees of meatpacking plants all across the U.S. Working in close quarters, they were more susceptible than most. The companies that employ them don't want a repeat, and have triggered an arms race among tech startups attempting to build futuristic new devices to clear workplace environments of any contagion. But sterilizing surfaces is one thing: clearing the air of the deadly pathogen is quite another.

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