President Donald Trump wears a mask in public for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The President was on his way to the Walter Reed Military Hospital outside Washington, where he met injured soldiers and health care workers.
“I have never been against masks but I think they have a time and a place,” he said when he left the White House.
He has already declared that he will not wear a mask and made fun of his Democratic rival Joe Biden.
But on Saturday, he said, “I think when you’re in the hospital, especially in this particular setting, where you talk to a lot of soldiers and people who, in some cases, have just left the operating tables , I think it’s a good thing to wear a mask. ”
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Speaking to Fox Business Network last week, Mr. Trump said, “I’m all for masks. ”
He added that he “sort of liked” his appearance, comparing himself to the Lone Ranger, a fictional masked hero who, along with his Native American friend, Tonto, fought against outlaws in the American Wild West.
- Why we should all wear face masks
But when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) began recommending people to wear masks or cloth covers in public in April to help stop the spread of the virus, Trump told reporters that ‘he would not follow this practice.
“I don’t think I’m going to do it,” he said at the time. “Wear a mask to greet presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens – I just don’t see it. ”
Some media reports have suggested that aides have repeatedly asked the president to wear one in public.
What is the current situation in the United States?
The United States has experienced 66,600 other infections in the past 24 hours and a total of almost 135,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Louisiana has become the last state to order masks to be worn indoors.
Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards has also closed bars across Louisiana and tightened restrictions on restaurants, which will no longer be able to serve customers inside. The measures take effect on Monday.
Republican state legislators are expected to oppose this decision.
“If you don’t like the mask’s mandate, then don’t like it while you are wearing your mask,” said Governor Edwards. “If you want to be mad at me about it, then be mad at me about it.” ”
Neighboring Texas recorded a further increase in coronavirus infections, with a record 10,500 new cases recorded on Saturday.
The Governor of South Carolina has made an order banning the sale of alcohol after 11:00 p.m. in bars and restaurants in an attempt to stop the spread of the virus.
An Indiana court has suspended the execution of a convicted killer after relatives of the victim said they feared traveling during the pandemic to see him die. Daniel Lee was to be executed Monday in what would have been the first federal execution in 17 years.