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Trump scraps Republican convention in virus 'flare-up'

President Donald Trump has cancelled the pre-election Republican party convention in Florida, blaming the coronavirus “flare-up”. 

“It’s not the right time for that,” he said, adding that he would still give a convention speech in a different form.

It comes as the number of cases of Covid-19 in the US passed four million.

Part of the convention will go ahead in North Carolina, where Mr Trump will be formally nominated as the Republican presidential candidate.

The event, shortened to half a day, will be held on 24 August in the city of Charlotte, the original venue for the convention.

Mr Trump switched the location to Jacksonville, Florida after the Democratic governor of North Carolina insisted in May on limiting the crowd size at the convention, on the grounds of social distancing

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