A gloomy President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that the coronavirus crisis in the United States is likely to "get worse before it gets better".
"Some regions of our country are doing very well," said Trump at his first official White House virus meeting since late April.
"Others are less well off," said the president. "Unfortunately, it will probably get worse before it gets better."
He said that "there has been a worrying increase in (virus) cases in many parts of our south".
Trump urged Americans to wear face masks to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus that killed more than 141,000 people in the U.S.
"We ask everyone to wear a mask if they are unable to distance themselves socially," he said.
"Whether you like the mask or not, they have an effect. They will have an effect and we need everything we can get."
Trump said the goal was "not only to deal with the pandemic, but to end it."
"The vaccines are coming and they are coming much earlier than anyone thought possible," he said.
Trump also reiterated his claim that the virus would "go away."
"It will go away," he said.
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