U.S. VP Pence visits clinic without mask despite policy

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence gestures as he attends a press conference on the COVID-19 at the White House in Washington D.C. March 10, 2020. The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States have topped 1,000 by 11:30 p.m. EST Tuesday (0330 GMT on Wednesday), reaching 1,001 with 28 deaths, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. (Xinhua/Liu Jie)

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who leads White House’s coronavirus task force, on Tuesday visited the Mayo Clinic without a mask, though the medical facility requires all visitors to wear masks to avoid the spread of coronavirus, local media reported.

Online video showed Pence was surrounded by about 10 people, including a patient, who unlike him all were wearing masks.

“As vice president of the United States, I’m tested for the coronavirus on a regular basis, and everyone who is around me is tested for the coronavirus,” Pence said.

The Mayo Clinic, which is located in Rochester, Minnesota, is requiring all patients, visitors and staff to wear a face covering or mask to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to a CNBC report.

President Donald Trump has said he will not wear a mask.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the United States topped 1.01 million as of Tuesday evening, with more than 58,000 deaths, according to a tally from Johns Hopkins University. Enditem

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