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10:06 p.m. ET, May 21, 2020

Michigan AG: Trump is "like a petulant child" for not wearing a mask at Ford plant

From CNN's Jason Kurtz

In this June 4, 2019, photo, Dana Nessel, Attorney General of Michigan, listens to a question from reporters in Detroit.
In this June 4, 2019, photo, Dana Nessel, Attorney General of Michigan, listens to a question from reporters in Detroit. Paul Sancya/AP

After US President Donald Trump refused to wear a mask in front of cameras during his visit to a Ford manufacturing plant on Thursday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel did not hold back in her condemnation.

"Today's events were extremely disappointing and yet totally predictable," Nessel told CNN's Wolf Blitzer during an interview.

"The President is like a petulant child who refuses to follow the rules and I have to say this is no joke," Nessel continued.

On Tuesday, Ford said it had shared its safety policies with the White House -- including that everyone wear a mask "in all facilities, at all times" -- but added that "the White House has its own safety and testing policies in place and will make its own determination."

Nessel said Trump's failure to comply with the plant's guidelines is consistent with his behavior to this point.

"The message he's sent is the same message since he first took office in 2017, which is I don't care about you, I don't care about your health, I don't care about your safety, I don't care about your welfare, I don't care about anyone but myself."

Nessel also took issue with the Ford facility for seemingly bending the rules specifically for the commander-in-chief.

"They knew exactly what the order was and if they permitted anyone, even the President of the United States, to defy that order, I think it has serious health consequences potentially to their workers," Nessel said.

She added: "The last thing we want to see is for this particular plant now to have to close its doors and shutter its doors again because someone may have been infected by the President. And that is a real possibility."

Nessel had a message for her constituents: "Even if you don't have a President of the United States that cares about the residents of this state, fortunately you have a governor and you have an attorney general who do. And we are going to do everything in our power to protect you, even if you have a President who won't."

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8:39 p.m. ET, May 21, 2020

Brazil reports biggest spike in deaths as coronavirus cases top 300,000

From CNN's Shasta Darlington, Flora Charner and Chandler Thornton

Brazil recorded its highest number of deaths from coronavirus within 24 hours and surpassed 300,000 total cases, the country's health ministry announced on Thursday.

The country reported 1,188 new deaths, bringing its total to 20,047 Covid-19-related fatalities.

Brazil's total number of confirmed cases reached 310,087 on Thursday, up 18,508 from Wednesday, the ministry said.

Some context: Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, who once compared the virus to "a little flu," sent a tweet on Wednesday about the new health ministry protocol regarding the use of chloroquine to treat mild and moderate cases of Covid-19.

He tweeted: "There is still no scientific proof, but it is being monitored and used in Brazil and around the world…we are at war 'the shame of not fighting is worse than being defeated' – God Bless our Brazil."
9:00 p.m. ET, May 21, 2020

5% of antibody tests in the UK are positive, health secretary says

From CNN’s Vasco Cotovio

Around 5% of United Kingdom antibody tests are positive, UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said during a daily briefing on Thursday, citing a surveillance study conducted by the British government.

According to Hancock, the UK government’s antibody surveillance study has also shown that the percentage that tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in London is higher at 17%.

The study "has told us that around 17% of people in London and around 5% or higher in the rest of the country have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies," Hancock said.

Swiss multinational healthcare company Roche, and American multinational medical devices and health care company Abbott will supply the UK government with 10 million coronavirus antibody tests, Hancock said.