have a certain freedom” despite calls from health officials for the public
to wear face coverings.
consider a national mandate requiring people to wear masks to combat the spread
be broadcast on Sunday if he would consider the move, the US president said:
“No, I want people to have a certain freedom, and I don’t believe in
was seen wearing a mask at a military hospital in Washington after previously
appearing reluctant to endorse their use.
people to cover their mouths and noses as Americans remained divided over mask
mandates on Friday.
choosing conflicting strategies in the face of surging coronavirus cases.
Fauci said he “would urge the leaders – the local political leaders in
states and cities and towns – to be as forceful as possible in getting your
citizenry to wear masks”.
Georgia sued Atlanta’s mayor to prevent her from mandating masks.
supporter, urged all Georgians to wear masks for at least four weeks but said
mandates were unenforceable and suggested they would hobble the economy.
Lance Bottoms, who has tested positive for the coronavirus, told CNN on Friday:
“Brian Kemp does the bidding of President Trump.
have tested positive for COVID-19… and this governor is taking taxpayer money
to sue me personally.”
with the mayor on Friday as he wore a mask, all alone, sorting through his mail
outside a post office.
people. This is a pandemic. How much worse does he want it?”
favour of an indoor mask requirement in the absence of a statewide
“This ordinance is our best chance right now to protect our healthcare
system from collapse.”
among medical professionals in the US.
nurses, have died from the coronavirus in the US, according to the National
Nurses United union.
nurse in Atlanta, said: “Everybody saying that (wearing a mask) is a
violation of their freedom – no, it’s not because a seatbelt is mandated and
that’s to save your life.”
coronavirus cases a day in July with cases rising in 41 states on Friday, based
on a Reuters analysis of cases over the past two weeks compared with the prior
number of deaths on Friday as Kansas, Ohio, North Dakota and Puerto Rico
reported record case numbers.