Hospitals in Paris could have up to 90 percent of intensive care beds packed with Covid-19 patients as soon as next week, the system’s chief warned Tuesday, as France braces for new measures to slow a surge in cases.
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WASHINGTON (AFP) - Thousands of protesters marched in Washington and elsewhere in the United States on Saturday (Oct 17) to protest Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee and to call for his defeat in the November 3 election. The rallies, which organisers said were taking place in all 50 states, were inspired by the first Women's March in Washington, a huge anti-Trump rally held a day after his 2017 inauguration. But in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the demonstrations Saturday were considerably smaller. Organizers urged people worried about in-person participation to join in a "socially distant text-banking telethon" aimed at sending five million messages encouraging people to vote. Marchers also paid tribute to late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - an icon for women and progressives - while protesting Trump's choice of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace her. The parade route in Washington started near the White House before heading to the US Capitol and then to the National Mall. Some protesters were heading afterward to the Supreme Court building, where a smaller "I'm With Her" counterprotest - in Barrett's favour - was scheduled. Most marchers in