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US President Donald Trump has worn a mask inpublic for the first time since the start of thecoronavirus pandemic.


The president was visiting the Walter Reed militaryhospital outside Washington, where he met woundedsoldiers and health care workers.


"I've never been against masks but I do believe theyhave a time and a place," he said as he left the White House.


He has previously said that he would not wear a mask and mocked Democratic rival Joe Bidenfor doing so.


But on Saturday he said: "I think when you're in a hospital, especially in that particularsetting, where you're talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off theoperating tables, I think it's a great thing to wear a mask."


The change of tone came as the US recorded 66,528 coronavirus cases on Saturday, a newdaily record.


Speaking to Fox Business Network last week, Mr Trump said: "I'm all for masks."


He added that he "sort of liked" how he looked with one on, likening himself to the Lone Ranger,a fictional masked hero who with his Native American friend, Tonto, fought outlaws in theAmerican Old West.


But when the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in April began recommending people wearmasks or cloth coverings in public to help stop the spread of the virus, Mr Trump toldreporters he would not follow the practice.


"I don't think I'm going to be doing it," he said back then. "Wearing a face mask as I greetpresidents, prime ministers, kings, queens - I just don't see it."


Some media reports have suggested aides have repeatedly asked the president to wear one inpublic. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal last month, Mr Trump suggested somepeople might wear masks to signal disapproval of him.


He also said he took issue with people touching their faces after taking their mask off.


"They put their finger on the mask, and they take them off, and then they start touching theireyes and touching their nose and their mouth. And then they don't know how they caught it?"he said.


The US has seen another 66,528 infections in the past 24 hours, a record for one day, and atotal of almost 135,000 deaths since the pandemic began, according to Johns HopkinsUniversity data. Louisiana has become the latest state to order that masks be worn in public.


Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards also ordered the closure of bars across Louisiana, andtightened restrictions on restaurants, which will no longer be able to serve customers inside.The measures come into effect on Monday.


State Republican lawmakers are expected to oppose the move.


"If you don't like the mask mandate, then don't like it while you wear your mask," GovernorEdwards said. "If you want to be mad at me about it, then be mad at me about it."


Neighbouring Texas has recorded another rise of coronavirus infections, with a record 10,500new cases recorded on Saturday.


The governor of South Carolina has issued an order banning sales of alcohol after 23:00 in barsand restaurants to try to stop the spread of the virus.


A court in Indiana has halted the execution of a convicted killer as the victim's relatives saidthey were worried about travelling during the pandemic to watch him die. Daniel Lee was setto be executed on Monday in what would have been the first federal execution in 17 years.



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