WASHINGTON — Playing defense on his handling of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump is letting the falsehoods fly.

Over the weekend, he railed against cases of voting fraud that didn’t exist, asserted that COVID-19 was “rounding a corner” despite what his top health advisers say and blasted Joe Biden for supposed positions on energy and health care that his Democratic rival doesn’t hold.

As the rhetoric flew during the past week, both Trump and Biden exaggerated accomplishments — Trump about himself and Biden about his son, Beau — as well as their own influence in reviving the auto industry.

A recent sampling:

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TRUMP: “We are rounding the corner.” — remarks Sunday at a Latino roundtable event in Las Vegas.

TRUMP: The coronavirus “is rounding the turn, rounding the corner.” — remarks Saturday to reporters in Reno, Nevada.

THE FACTS: To be clear, that’s not what his top health advisers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Playing defense on his handling of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump is letting the falsehoods fly.

Over the weekend, he railed against cases of voting fraud that didn’t exist, asserted that COVID-19 was “rounding a corner” despite what his top health advisers say and blasted Joe Biden for supposed positions on energy and health care that his Democratic rival doesn’t hold.

As the rhetoric flew during the past week, both Trump and Biden exaggerated accomplishments — Trump about himself and Biden about his son, Beau — as well as their own influence in reviving the auto industry.

A recent sampling:

VIRUS

TRUMP: “We are rounding the corner.” — remarks Sunday at a Latino roundtable event in Las Vegas.

TRUMP: The coronavirus “is rounding the turn, rounding the corner.” — remarks Saturday to reporters in Reno, Nevada.

THE FACTS: To be clear, that’s not what his top health

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Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong laid out the early missteps his government made in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic this year in a speech Wednesday, warning against relaxing containment efforts too early.

“With hindsight, we would certainly have done some things differently,” Lee said in his first major parliamentary speech since winning re-election in July. “I wish we had known earlier that people with Covid-19 were infectious even when asymptomatic, and Singapore should have quarantined all returning citizens from abroad earlier, rather than just those from certain countries initially.”

Other things Lee cited as steps Singapore should have done given what it knows about the disease now: Singapore would have tested all of the returning citizens before releasing them from quarantine, even if they did not show any symptoms, instead of assuming that no symptoms meant no infection; The country would also have recommended everyone wear face masks sooner

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