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US President Donald Trump has worn a mask in public for the first time since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Donald Trump was visiting the Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington, where he met wounded soldiers and health care workers.

I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” he said as he left the White House.

Reports reveal that previously the U.S President said that he would not wear a mask and mocked Democratic rival Joe Biden for doing so.

On Saturday he said: “I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask.”

The United States now has the highest death toll from coronavirus in the world,overtaking Italy

The latest data, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, shows more than 20,000 people in the US have now died.

The grim milestone comes shortly after the US became the first nation to record more than 2,000 virus death in a day .

The governor of New York Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday the state’s death toll appeared to be stabilising.

Announcing a 24-hour figure of 783 new deaths, he noted the last several days had seen around the same number.

That is not an all-time high, and you can see that the number is somewhat stabilising but it is stabilising at a horrific rate,” Mr Cuomo said. “These are just incredible numbers depicting incredible loss and pain.”

New York state has become the epicentre of the outbreak in the US, recording more than 180,000 of the country’s estimated 520,000 cases.