Washington: The United States has set a new record by witnessing nearly 1,500 deaths from COVID-19 between Thursday and Friday. According to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, the count is one the worst 24-hour death toll in the world since the pandemic began in China last yeat in December. Also Read - Nepal Airport Under Renovation Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

With fresh 1,480 deaths counted between 8:30 pm (0030 GMT) Thursday and the same time Friday, the total number of people who have died since the start of the pandemic in the United States is now 7,406, reported AFP. Also Read - Bangladesh Govt Decides Not to Extend COVID-19 Shutdown

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has announced new federal guidelines in which he recommended all Americans to wear face coverings when in public to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Also Read - COVID-19 Cases Cross 1.6 Lakh-mark; Death Toll Above 4,600; Shah Speaks to CMs Over Lockdown Extension | Key Points

“The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is advising the use of non-medical cloth face covering as a voluntary health measure,” Trump told a White House briefing on Friday. “It is voluntary. They suggested for a period of time.”

However when asked if he intented to follow the advice himself, he said, “I’m choosing not to do it.”

Furthermore, Trump stressed that Americans should still follow the administration’s social distancing guidelines.