US Schools To Get 125 Million Masks: Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump has said that the U.S. federal government will provide 125 million re-usable face masks to school districts across the United States as schools contemplate whether it's safe to re-open for learning by this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. The issue of re-opening schools has been a crucible in recent weeks, propelled by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announcing that school districts across the state have been authorized to re-open by this fall. President Trump seems to be on the side of re-opening schools for learning activity even as many others vouch against the idea.

“We have to open up our schools and open up our businesses,” Trump said during a White House press conference on the coronavirus, adding that school districts across the US should make plans for resuming in-person education “as soon as possible.” Trump also announced new recommendations for schools reopneing as regards to education on the coronavirus and encouraging frequent hand washing and general hygiene. His push to reopen schools comes on the heels of the U.S. experiencing the worst coronavirus outbreak globally, with more than 5 million cases and about 165,000 deaths.