Donald Trump says won’t make masks mandatory despite record COVID-19 surge in US
President Donald Trump feels that people should have “certain freedom”, hence he won’t order Americans to wear masks to contain the spread of COVID-19. His statement was in response to Dr Anthony Fauci’s appeal to the state and local leaders to be “as forceful as possible” in getting people to wear masks in public places. Dr Anthony Fauci is US’s top infectious diseases expert. Meanwhile, the US recorded 70,000 cases for the second consecutive day on Saturday.
In an interview with Fox News, Trump said, “I don’t agree with the statement that if everybody wear a mask, everything disappears.”
“No, I want people to have a certain freedom, and I don’t believe in that, no,” he added.
He also commented on the initial statement from top health officials. “Hey, Dr Fauci said don’t wear a mask. Our Surgeon General – terrific guy – said don’t wear a mask. Everybody who is saying don’t wear a mask – all of sudden everybody’s got to wear a mask, and as you know masks cause problems, too, with that being said, I’m a believer in masks. I think masks are good,” the US President said.
During the early days of the pandemic, public health officials urged people to not wear masks in order to save supplies for frontline workers, but now, they are insisting on making masks mandatory for everyone at public places.
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