US President Trump wears Mask Publicly for the First Time as Confirmed COVID-19 Infection Cases Surge in the US and across the World
July 12 , 2020
The US President Donald Trump has finally decided to wear a mask in public when he visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington DC. He was there to give a visit to meet wounded service members and health care providers caring for Covid-19 novel coronavirus patients. When asked about his decision to wear the mask in public, President Trump told media that “When you’re in a hospital, especially … I think it’s expected to wear a mask.” This is only the second time the US President Trump was pictured wearing a mask, the first time being the behind the scenes during a tour of a Ford plant in May 2020, after a picture emerged. This is the first time Trump wore a mask in public. Many people working in proximity with the US President (such as the girlfriend of his son Donald Jr, Kimberly Guilfoyle) have been tested positive for COVID-19 infection. In fact, the decision of wearing masks in public comes at a time when his close aides convinced him to follow his own government’s guidelines as COVID-19 infection cases surge in the US. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Friday that the confirmed cases of novel coronavirus cases shot up by 66,281 to 3,173,212 cases and the total cases of mortality have risen by 811 to 133,666. The huge surge in infection has led to a reported strain on hospital facilities such as Florida, Texas, and Arizona. The MPs in Britain (led by the shadow health secretary, Jonathan Ashworth) have also urged the Boris Johnson government to clarify its position on face masks. This request especially comes at a time when the Prime Minister himself hinted that it could become compulsory to wear masks in shops to slow down the spread of the deadly virus. COVID-19 cases have shot up massively in other parts of the world such as India and South Africa. India has come up as the 3rd worst affected country by COVID-19 infection, where the total affected people is more than 800,000. On Saturday, the daily infection cases have increased by 27,114. Though the death rate is comparatively lower in India, the death toll has already reached 27,114. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa has said that the public hospitals are running short on medical oxygen. Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 tracker shows that the total infection cases across the world are more than 12 million and the confirmed death is over half a million. Renowned charitable organizations such as Oxfam and Christian Aid have said that the coronavirus pandemic has exposed and reinforced deep inequalities throughout the world, especially the poorest countries (such as Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Kenya, and many more) as job loss and food insecurity starts mounting.