Pence hails 'truly remarkable progress' after US sees record new Covid-19 cases – live

7.57pm BST

American Airlines announced it would start booking flights to full capacity next week, as the country hits a record in new cases of coronavirus.

The AP reports:

American’s move matches the policy of United Airlines but contrasts sharply with rivals that limit bookings to create space between passengers to minimize the risk of contagion.

American said Friday that it will continue to notify customers if their flight is likely to be full, and let them change flights at no extra cost. The airline said it will also let passengers change seats on the plane if there is room and if they stay in the same cabin.

7.30pm BST

Former defense secretary James Mattis has a message for the American people and possibly his old colleagues in the White House.

Mattis issued a public service announcement urging Americans to wear face masks – something Donald Trump has refused to do in public, nor urge others to do, even as his public health experts begged the public to cover their faces and keep social distance to slow the roaring-again spread of coronavirus.

James Mattis recorded a PSA to encourage mask wearing in Washington Statehttps://t.co/LIIoSmvi6x

Related: James Mattis condemns Trump’s handling of George Floyd protests

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