US coronavirus live: CDC to look again at whether Americans should wear masks in public

3.49pm BST

The White House coronavirus task force is reportedly leaning toward recommending more widespread use of face masks.

CNN reports:

Most members of President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force have come to agree that Americans should begin wearing face coverings in public and could issue formal guidance on the matter soon, people familiar with the matter said. …

Previously, some members of the task force — including Dr. Deborah Birx — cautioned in meetings against recommending Americans wear masks because of a fear it could lull them into a false sense of protection and prevent them from socially distancing.

3.34pm BST

Alexandra Villareal in New York reports for the Guardian:

Deaths from coronavirus have exceeded 1,000 in New York City, while officials continue to warn that the worst is yet to come.

The city’s Health Department reported late Tuesday that at least 1,096 people have died of the virus in the city. There had been almost 42,000 confirmed cases as of Tuesday evening, an increase of more than 1,000 over the previous day. Statewide, there were more than 75,000 people who have tested positive for the disease, and more than 1500 people have died.

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