US COVID-19 deaths surpass 94,000
The US death toll from the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) surpassed 94,000 on Thursday and there are more than 1.5m confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump defied requests from company executives and was called a “petulant child” by a state attorney general when he refused to wear a face mask during a visit to Michigan, a battleground state where he has repeatedly clashed with the Democratic governor, and on Thursday used a speech to urge American churches to reopen amid the pandemic, the Guardian reported.
Trump said he tested negative for COVID-19 on Thursday morning, but within the last week two senior White House aides have tested positive, and the president has been taking the drug hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic.
Trump has consistently disregarded guidance from the top federal public health experts, both urging people to wear masks in close company and urging states not to rush to reopen while the coronavirus is not under control in the US.
But the President continued his pressure for states to reopen for business nonetheless and on Thursday, at the discussion with African-American leaders, urged the swift reopening of churches for in-person religious services.