Trump refuses to make masks mandatory

AFP/Alex Edelman

US President Donald Trump has refused to tell Americans to wear masks to contain the spread of Covid-19. 

Earlier, Dr Anthony Fauci, the country's top infectious disease expert, urged local and state authorities to encourage people to wear masks.

The wearing of face coverings has become a political issue in the US.

A number of US states, mainly in the South, are experiencing a surge in confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Meanwhile children in many US states have been told they won't be going back to school for the new academic year.

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