The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has defended his management of the coronavirus pandemic despite the fact that the disease continues to rise in practically all states across the entire country.

In an interview with Fox News, Trump again downplayed the increase in infections in the country, where more than three million people have been infected, saying that it is a consequence of the increase in tests – although experts say that the positive rate far exceeds the increase in tests.

“Many of those cases are young people who are cured at the moment, it is only a cold,” Trump said before criticizing the country’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the Casa’s intervention team, who has spoken on several occasions against the reopening of the states.

Trump also said that he didn’t agree with a national mask mandate, saying people should have a “certain freedom” despite the fact that the majority of state governors have now ordered that the wearing of masks outdoors be mandatory, rather than a personal choice.

Among them are Republican governors, including Kay Ivey of Alabama, who have reversed their initial opposition to the mandates.

Dr Fauci also urged state and local leaders to be “as forceful as possible” in getting people to wear masks.

Wearing face coverings, Dr Fauci added, is “really important” and “we should be using them, everyone”.

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