Bethesda (dpa) – Against the background of dramatically increasing coronavirus infections in the USA, US President Donald Trump wore a mask at a public appearance in a rare step.
On television, it was seen how Trump wore blue nose and nose protection with the President’s seal at the Walter Reed Military Hospital in Bethesda near Washington on Friday evening (local time). The United States, meanwhile, has seen the most new infections in one day since the pandemic started. According to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) on Saturday, the number of new infections registered the previous day was 66,627.
It was only on Thursday that the number rose to a record high of 63,247. The number of new infections in the United States, a country with around 330 million inhabitants, has increased significantly since mid-June due to the relaxation of the corona requirements. Since the pandemic started, JHU researchers have recorded a total of more than 3.2 million coronavirus infections. More than 134,000 people died. The number of deaths recorded every day is still lower than at the height of the crisis, but has increased again. On Friday, the JHU statistics registered 802 deaths.
According to the White House, Trump wanted to meet wounded soldiers and their relatives in the hospital. He also wanted to get together with medical staff to take care of the sick in the corona crisis. Trump said before visiting journalists: “I’ll probably wear a mask if you need to know that.” He added: “I think it’s great to wear a mask. I was never against masks, but I think there is a time and a place for it. » A mask was put on in the hospital where some of the wounded had just been operated on.
Trump announced guidelines from the CDC health agency in April that recommended wearing mouth and nose protection. But he immediately made it clear that he would not wear a mask himself. Trump and the White House justify this by saying that the president is regularly tested for the corona virus. Trump is nevertheless accused of being a bad role model in the ongoing pandemic by acting without a mask.
The pictures from the Walter Reed Hospital were not the first to have Trump wearing a mask. During a factory visit to the US state of Michigan in May, Trump had worn a mask during part of the tour and had been photographed.
Much of the new infection is currently reported from the southern and western states – including Florida and California. In Florida, authorities reported more than 10,000 new infections in one day on Saturday. Governor Ron De Santis – who, like Trump, belongs to the Republican Party – rejected allegations that he had prematurely loosened the protective measures in Florida.
Despite the increasing number of cases in Florida, the “Walt Disney World” amusement park opened its doors again to visitors on Saturday. “The Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park are now open,” said the website of the theme park near Orlando. Body temperature is measured at the entrance and distance and hygiene rules must be observed.
Typically, nearly 60 million people come to the Florida theme park every year, which has been closed since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Starting on July 30, the North American professional basketball league NBA wants to continue its season interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic in a closed system without contact to the outside world.
An amusement park in the US west coast state of California, also operated by the US entertainment giant Walt Disney, initially remained closed, only one connected shopping center opened last week. A reopening of the amusement park, initially announced for July 17, had to be canceled due to a pandemic. For the entertainment giant, the business with amusement parks, holiday resorts and cruises is one of the most important sources of revenue. The March corona pandemic closures have already cost billions of dollars.
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