What the papers say – October 3

Donald Trump's positive Covid-19 test and its effect on the US election dominates the nation's papers on Saturday.

The Guardian and the Financial Times lead on Mr Trump's diagnosis, with both saying it has thrown the US election battle into turmoil.

The Daily Telegraph takes the angle that Mr Trump will "remain in the job" and carry out his duties as president despite the diagnosis.

But the Daily Mail turns a blowtorch on the president over the fact he still attended a fundraiser after learning of aide Hope Hicks's Covid diagnosis, asking: "How many did Trump put at risk?"

Elsewhere, The Times leads on the president being flown to Walter Reed military hospital, reportedly "fatigued but in good spirits".

The Daily Star shines a light on the president's often-criticised attitude towards the virus, publishing a range of Mr Trump's past dismissals of its threat under a headline of "Well this is awkward".

Similarly, the i splashes with "Covid-19 in the White House" above a tweet from Mr Trump from February saying the virus was "very much under control in the USA", while The Independent also hoists Mr Trump by his own past comments on the matter.

In other topics, the Daily Express leads on Boris Johnson saying billions of pounds "liberated" by Brexit will help build 40 hospitals.

And the Daily Mirror has revived an old football WAG spat, with Coleen Rooney claiming she has proof Rebekah Vardy leaked stories about her to the media.

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Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; President Donald Trump leaves the stage after debating Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden in the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion at the Cleveland Clinic, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Meg Vogel/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden debates President Donald Trump in the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion at the Cleveland Clinic, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Meg Vogel/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; The streets just outside of the Cleveland debate site were quiet during the debate as only small groups of protesters numbering in the few dozens outside of where President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met during the first 2020 Presidential Debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden finish the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion at the Cleveland Clinic, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Meg Vogel/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; President Donald Trump leaves the stage after debating Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden in the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion at the Cleveland Clinic, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Meg Vogel/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden debates President Donald Trump in the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion at the Cleveland Clinic, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Meg Vogel/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chris Wallace of Fox News Sunday moderates the debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden in their first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion at the Cleveland Clinic, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Meg Vogel/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; President Donald Trump debates Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden in the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion at the Cleveland Clinic, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Meg Vogel/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; (Editors note: Vulgar language on sign) Small groups of protesters only numbering in a few dozen outside of where President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden met during the first 2020 Presidential Debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
President Donald Trump walks off Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews Wednesday, September 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump returned from his first Presidential debate with Former Vice President Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Ken Cedeno/Pool/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; Final preparations are made before the first Presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden hosted by the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Meg Vogel/Cincinnati Enquirer via USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; RefuseFascism.org rally gathering near the debate site where President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden would meet during the first 2020 Presidential Debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland. Protesters hold Black Lives Matter signs. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
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Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; Final preparations take place before the first Presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden hosted by the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Meg Vogel-USA TODAY/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; National Guard block intersections as security measures are put in place before President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden meet in the first 2020 Presidential Debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
United States President Donald Trump and First lady Melania Trump wave to supporters as they walk across the South Lawn to Marine One at the White House in Washington, DC on Tuesday, September 29, 2020. Trump is traveling to participate in the First Presidential Debate against former Vice President Joe Biden in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Ken Cedeno/Pool/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; Final preparations take place before the first Presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden hosted by the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University on Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Meg Vogel-USA TODAY/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; Democrats hold a drive-up event at John Hay High School near where President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden would meet during the first 2020 Presidential Debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
Sep 29, 2020; Cleveland, OH, USA; RefuseFascism.org rally protesters hold baby Trump balloons during a gathering near the debate site where President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden would meet during the first 2020 Presidential Debate at Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland. Mandatory Credit: Jack Gruber-USA TODAY NETWORK/Sipa USA
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