Trump says coronavirus task force winding down

President Trump and other administration officials said Tuesday that the fight against the coronavirus pandemic was going well enough to start winding down the White House coronavirus task force in coming weeks.

Trump said the task force would be replaced with another, unspecified advisory group as the country moves into “the next stage of the battle,” including restarting the economy.

Trump made the remarks during a heavily political visit to an Arizona medical-mask factory, where he boasted about his 2016 electoral win in the state.

The change comes despite growing evidence that COVID-19 cases continue to rapidly increase in much of the country.

The total number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States reached more than 71,000 by early Wednesday, with more than 1.2 million confirmed cases.

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