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US has ‘gone overboard’ as social distancing rules relaxed

AMERICANS ‘went overboard’ when lockdown restrictions were eased and must become ‘serious’ again, said a member of Donald Trump’s cabinet as cases in the country surged.

People have not been adhering to social distancing measures or wearing face masks, US housing and urban development secretary Ben Carson (pictured) told the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.

He said it had been expected cases would rise as the country opened up but ‘people kind of went overboard’ and younger people especially had been congregating too closely together without masks.

‘That’s why you see the average age of those with the virus much lower,’ he said, adding: ‘Now we’re down to 650 deaths per day, even though the number of cases has increased.’

The US has confirmed more than 2.5million infections, the most in the world. Latest figures show 43,581 new cases and 512 deaths, bringing the toll to 125,539. Asked if he thought the US president had done a ‘great job’, Mr Carson replied: ‘Well, there’s always room for improvement.’

On the prospect of Americans being barred from visiting Europe, he said US citizens needed to get ‘serious’ about the rules. ‘We did it once and then I think people were cooped up for such a long time they just said, “Oh it’s over”. But of course it’s not,’ he added.