US President Donald Trump has donned a mask for the first time in public during a visit to a military hospital on Saturday (local time).
Mr Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in suburban Washington to meet wounded servicemembers and health care providers caring for COVID-19 patients.
As he left the White House, he told reporters: "When you're in a hospital, especially ... I think it's expected to wear a mask".
"I think it's a great thing to wear a mask. I've never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place."
Mr Trump was wearing a mask in Walter Reed's hallway as he began his visit. He was not wearing one when he stepped off the helicopter at the facility.
Most prominent Republicans, including Vice President Mike Pence, endorsed wearing masks as the coronavirus gained ground this summer. Masks are recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading or becoming infected by the novel coronavirus.
Meanwhile, a long-expected upturn in US coronavirus deaths has begun, driven by fatalities in states in the South and West, according to data on the pandemic.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/usa-news-donald-trump-wears-face-mask-in-public-for-first-time-during-coronavirus-pandemic/69fa0135-a6ad-44e3-aa92-5f7d4e2a41dc