US recommends face masks, Trump says he will not follow advice
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending Americans wear masks in public to protect against the coronavirus.
But President Donald Trump says wearing masks is voluntary, and that he has chosen not to follow that advice.
The United States is now the global epicentre of the pandemic, with more than 277,000 confirmed cases.
Al Jazeera's Shihab Rattansi reports from Washington, DC.
Pres. Trump says he will "surround myself with the greatest minds" to make decision on when to reopen country amid federal social distancing guidelines.
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