July 21, 2020 / 9:25 PM / 19 days ago

RPT-Trump: Americans should wear a mask when they cannot keep social distance

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WASHINGTON, July 21 (Reuters) - President Donald Trump, in a shift in rhetoric on facial coverings, encouraged Americans on Tuesday to wear a mask if they cannot maintain social distance from people around them in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

In his first briefing focused on the pandemic in months, Trump told reporters at the White House that the virus will probably get worse before it gets better.

Trump has been reluctant to wear a mask himself in public. (Reporting by Alexandra Alper and Jeff Mason; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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