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2.49pm BST

Here is an early look inside the Republican National Convention, where it seems not all delegates are wearing masks in spite of a Charlotte, North Carolina city ordinance.

Per poolers in the room, not everyone is wearing masks. Each attendee was told to acquire a negative COVID test before coming to Charlotte & each received a test from community health partners upon arrival in Charlotte. There are about 336 delegates gathered + 60 RNC staffers. pic.twitter.com/trUOd4OiTi

2.31pm BST

Today is the first day of the Republican National Convention, where the party will officially re-nominate Donald Trump as their candidate for president. It will be a contrast with Democrats’ nominating process – in spite of the coronavirus pandemic, Republicans will meet for an in-person roll-call to nominate Trump.

Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, delegates will hold an in-person roll-call vote Monday in a Charlotte Convention Center ballroom before attention turns to prime-time programming. Many of the usual trappings are present the signs designating each state, the gift bags with Republican swag but chairs on the ballroom floor have been arranged with lots of space between them and masks are supposed to be worn.

It’s a sharp contrast to the approach of Democrats, who created a roll call via video montage from states across the country to avoid a large-scale gathering last week at their well-received virtual convention.

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Source: The Guardian

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