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Washington DC (USA), June 29: US Vice President Mike Pence is encouraging Americans to wear facemasks to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Pence told a news conference in the southern state of Texas on Sunday that "in the affected areas and where you can't maintain social distancing, wearing a mask is just a good idea." Pence was wearing a facemask when he got off his plane.
President Donald Trump has rarely worn a mask in public.
The debate on the use of facemasks is particularly heated in southern and western states, which have seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.
The United States has the largest number of cases worldwide at more than two-and-a-half million. Johns Hopkins University says the global tally has topped 10 million, with fatalities passing 500,000.
New York State has made facemasks mandatory since April in places where maintaining social distancing is difficult. But the governors of Texas, Florida and Arizona have indicated they will not legally require individuals to use masks.
Some Americans argue that forcing people to wear facemasks infringes on their personal rights.
Source: NHK World