Steve Doocy: Trump Should Wear a Mask

US House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a Republican from California wears a mask as he leaves following a press conference in Washington DC the United States

'Wear a mask!': Republicans change tune as Covid-19 cases surge in the US

Calls for wearing masks to help curb the spread of COVID-19 got louder in the USA on Monday as more Republicans and state officials advocated for face coverings. The CDC now advises people to wear a mask in public, with at least 16 states and the District of Columbia mandating their use.

Republican Senator Tim Scott of SC, where cases are spiking, posted a similar message on Twitter.

In April, Trump said he could not picture himself in a mask while greeting "presidents, prime ministers, dictators, kings, queens".

Alexander reiterated his mask-wearing demand again during a Senate coronavirus hearing two days later.

The New York governor, who became one of the leading national voices during the pandemic, said that Trump's focus on reopening the economy was misguided and that it had backfired. "I've known the president to have worn a mask at times as he goes forward..."

Trump eschews wearing a mask in public, while his Democratic opponent in November, Joe Biden, generally wears one.

Hong Kong, with 7.5 million people, is a densely populated place that experienced huge numbers of travelers from mainland China, where Covid-19 originated, before border restrictions were put in place on 30 January.

US Vice-President Mike Pence, who was pictured donning a mask Sunday during a trip to Dallas, also endorsed face coverings.

Well over a dozen states and Washington, DC, have mandated mask-wearing in public spaces, and polling has repeatedly shown a strong majority of Americans support wearing face-coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The city's mayor, Lenny Curry, is a Republican.

New Covid-19 infections are surging across much of the U.S., with 2.6 million people now confirmed to have had the virus.

In an interview on Fox News, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) urged Americans to keep wearing face masks, prompting Doocy to ask him: "What about the president?"

"The president has plenty of admirers", Alexander said.

"The president doesn't have to pass a piece of legislation, doesn't have to call the Congress - just sign an executive order saying wear a mask", Cuomo said at a media briefing. The Chinese Consulate General in NY donated 5,000 masks to the Jermaine L. Green STEM Institute of Queens, a primary school with some 500 students, many of whom are from minority groups.

Pollitt said she has had a positive response from schools in CT to her urgings to wear masks but added there is "definitely a cultural shift" needed for Americans to fully embrace them. "Around here, senators and staff wear masks because we don't want to make each other sick".

"There is no doubt that even as states open up, the United States is still grappling with a large epidemic on a course to increase beginning in late August and intensifying in September", IHME Director Dr Christopher Murray said in a release.

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