04:16 GMT02 December 2020
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    On 3 November, Americans are headed to polling stations to vote in-person, although a large portion of the population of US cities, mostly leaning toward the Democratic party, cast ballots by mail due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

    Social media users are ranting and raving after a video of President Donald Trump's wife Melania, dressed elegantly but with no mask, was shared online.

    The footage captured the US first lady arriving at a polling station at Morton and Barbara Mandel Recreation Center in Palm Beach, Florida, to cast her vote on Election Day. She was surrounded by security, all wearing masks and she waved to the public and said she was feeling "great".

    A Twitter user noted that the first lady is the only person at the Palm Beach polling station not wearing face protection, as COVID-19 infections continue to rise sharply in the United States.

    Netizens were angry that FLOTUS did not comply with federal guidelines during a pandemic, with many posting harsh comments. Others called on citizens to avoid following her example.

    Other users criticised the first lady for caring more about her stylish outfit than about the safety of others.

    Some suggested that Melania did not need a mask since she has reportedly recovered from COVID-19, although there are objections that she could still be contagious.

    In early October, Trump and his wife, Melania, were reported to have contracted the virus and went into brief isolation and received medical care. Trump was treated at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, but his condition was said to have improved quickly.

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