The President announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] Citizens were now advised to make cloth or cloth face coverings from materials in their homes and wear them for activities such as shopping. He said that surgical masks should be kept for healthcare workers.
Speaking at the White House, Mr. Trump said, “So with the masks, it will really be a voluntary thing. You can do it. You don’t have to do it. I choose not to do it, but some people may want to do it, and it doesn’t matter. It may be good, probably. This is only a recommendation, it is voluntary. “
Insisting on why he wouldn’t personally wear a face covering, the president added, “Well, I don’t want to wear one myself.” I feel good. I just don’t want to be… the oval desk behind this magnificent Resolute desk… wearing a mask to greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens, I don’t know. In a way, I don’t see it for myself. t. “
White House precautions now involve 15-minute coronavirus tests for anyone before they are close to Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump said the change in advice was due to the fact that the transmission of symptomless people was more important in the spread than previously thought.
More than 7,000 people have died in the United States, and the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has approached 300,000.
This includes approximately 3,500 deaths in New York State, which has recorded more than 110,000 cases.
Trump has said he will order the Federal Emergency Management Agency to prevent U.S. companies from exporting masks, surgical gloves and other medical protective equipment, although exceptions may be made to help the company. Italy and Spain.
3M, a company exporting masks to Canada and South America, said the move had “important humanitarian implications” and would lead other countries to respond. Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, called it “an error.”
This happened when the White House was facing growing anger from state governors over the federal government’s medical supplies.
Jared Kushner, son-in-law and senior advisor to Mr. Trump, faced a violent reaction after declaring that the declining national strategic stock of medical supplies was “our stock” and “not supposed to be the stock of the states they use then ”.
As New York rushed to get fans, it received a gift of $ 1,000 from the Chinese government and billionaires Jack Ma and Joseph Tsai, co-founders of the Alibaba online market. The US state of Oregon also sent 140 fans.
Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, said, “This is a big problem and it will make a significant difference for us. “
He said 15,000 people had been hospitalized in the state and two-thirds of them had been released.
The governor said New York was “probably four to eight days” from a peak.