At least 14 states have paused or rolled back their reopening plans, with some governors and local officials mandating the use of facial masks.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on June 29 that President Donald Trump should issue an executive order mandating that people wear masks in public, and he should “lead by example” by wearing one himself.
“How we’re at this point as a nation, and we still haven’t done this simple, easy, minimal step of saying you must wear a mask when you are in public. And 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.”
At a recent press conference in Texas — one of the states seeing record spikes in coronavirus cases — vice president Mike Pence, head of the White House coronavirus task force, asked Americans, especially the younger ones to wear masks.
“If your local officials in consultation with the state are directing you to wear a mask, we encourage everyone to wear a mask in the affected areas and where you can’t maintain social distancing, wearing a mask is just a good idea and it will – we know from experience, will slow the spread of the coronavirus.”
Although Pence and his team were seen wearing masks, such as when they attended the celebrate freedom rally held at the first baptist church in Dallas, there was little to no social distance on stage and in the audience.
The head of the World Health Organization called on all countries to overcome any political differences and work together to defeat COVID-19, warning that the worst is yet to come.
“I’m sorry to say that. But with this kind of environment and condition, we fear the worst. And that’s why we have to bring our acts together and fight this dangerous virus together,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO director-general.
Global coronavirus cases have breached the 10 million mark, with over 500,000 deaths.
The U.S. continues to lead countries in terms of numbers — with more than 2.5 million cases and nearly 126,000 fatalities.