For the first time, Donald Trump wears mask in public
Washington : Even while dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in the US, worst affected by the Covid-19, President Donald Trump has now wore a mask; but on Saturday he did it for the first time at a military medical facility outside Washington where he was to meet with wounded soldiers and front-line health-care workers.
Donald Trump's visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center marked his public appearance with a face mask ever since the pandemic was reported in the US.
Earlier, Trump had left it to the Americans as their personal choice of wearing a mask, although he had said he would if he was in a crowd and could not maintain distance from others.
“I think when you are in a hospital, especially in that particular setting when you are talking to a lot of soldiers, people that in some cases just got off the operating table, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask,” Trump told reporters at the White House just before his visit to Walter Reed.
The top medical health officials have recommended wearing of masks as it lowers the risk of catching infection and critics had slammed Donald Trump's announcement to ditch the mask and had called it poor leadership.
Since states have relaxed coronavirus restrictions, the virus has found a new toehold. New U.S. cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, rose by more than 69,000 on Friday, a third straight daily record.