Trump to wind down coronavirus taskforce

US President Donald Trump is to wind down the government’s coronavirus taskforce as his focus shifts towards opening the economy.

Trump said Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, the two senior medics who took prominent roles in the taskforce, would remain as advisers.

“We can’t keep our country closed for the next five years,” Trump said when asked about why it was time to wind down the taskforce. The taskforce had done a “great job”, he said during a visit to a face mask factory, but the focus now was “safety and opening”.

More than 70,000 people have died from coronavirus in the United States, more than anywhere else in the world.

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