US coronavirus deaths, cases, hospitalisations continue to climb

im????The United States leads the world in number of COVID-19 deaths and cases, as states scramble to respond to resurgence.

    - Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

    The president denied trying to play down the danger in an interview with Fox News on Sunday, blaming China for allowing the virus to escape and criticising experts for being wrong in their early analysis of the outbreak.

    Trump, whose leadership has come under fire in part because of his reticence to wear a mask, on Monday tweeted a photo of himself with his face covered.

    "We are United in our effort to defeat the Invisible China Virus, and many people say that it is Patriotic to wear a face mask when you can't socially distance," he said. "There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!"

    Trump for months has criticised others for wearing masks and did not appear publicly in a mask until a visit to a military medical facility outside of Washington, DC earlier this month.

    SOURCE: News agencies