'Reckless': Chris Evans blasts Donald Trump for 'don't be afraid of COVID' tweet

Chris Evans has condemned Donald Trump's message to Americans about COVID-19, dubbing his tweet urging them not to be afraid of the virus "reckless to a shocking degree". 

The Captain America star responded to the current US President's announcement he was leaving hospital after being diagnosed with the deadly virus, in which he declared he "felt better than he did 20 years ago". 

"Don't be afraid of COVID. Don't let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge," Trump tweeted. 

Evans' incredulous reply began: "Don't be afraid of COVID?!" 

"You've been under round-the-clock care by the best doctors using the best drugs. Do you really think everyone has access to that?!" he continued. 

"Sadly, I'm sure you're aware of that disparity, you just don't care. This is reckless to a shocking degree, even for you." 

Trump's tweet did not make mention of the 210,000 Americans who had died from the coronavirus pandemic. Despite his assertion of feeling well, footage of what commentators are describing as "laboured breathing" from the former reality TV star has cast suspicion over his state of health. 

Several other celebrities condemned Trump for removing his mask for a photo opportunity outside the White House despite his positive COVID-19 diagnosis. 

"Gasping for air. And credibility," Community star Ken Jeong wrote on Twitter, while Mia Farrow called Trump the "most dangerous US President of her lifetime".