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On the day after the US recorded more than 39,000 new COVID-19 cases, Pence said the USA has made "truly remarkable progress in moving America forward again".

The Associated Press and NBC first reported the schedule changes. He also replayed the worst-case scenario, showing a slide that indicated that without intervention, 1.5 million to 2.2 million Americans could have died.

The Trump campaign has postponed Vice President Mike Pence's campaign events in Florida and Arizona next week "out of an abundance of caution", a campaign spokesperson told CNN. He was also on Twitter, sending out an Federal Bureau of Investigation notice looking for 15 people allegedly involved in trying to take down the statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square Park. Two days earlier Trump spoke to a packed 3,000 seat church in Phoenix, Ariz. filled with student supporters, seated closely together and a lot of them not covering their noses and mouths. Other states, including Arizona, have paused their reopenings in an effort to try to control the spread of the virus as they experienced rising cases and hospitalizations.

The top USA infectious disease specialist called on young people to accept "societal responsibility" amid a surge of positive tests for coronavirus.

Britain's government is expected to scrap a 14-day quarantine requirement that forced people to self-isolate upon returning home from overseas. Despite local requirements that masks be worn indoors when social distancing is impossible, the overwhelmingly young attendees sat shoulder to shoulder, and nearly none wore masks. The same month, he toured a mask factory without wearing a mask. At least eight campaign aides who worked on that event have tested positive for the coronavirus. Texas halted its phased reopening last week, and Florida banned all bars from serving alcohol as it saw a record high in new cases.

So far, hospitals have not reached surge capacity, and supplies are still available, he said. "And that's why we fully support [Texas GOP] Governor [Greg] Abbott's decision to close bars and limit restaurants".

Fauci said it may be necessary to think about the original guidelines from the task force about reopening the country, some of which were ignored by the states.

But when Pence got to the point of why the task force was suddenly reappearing before America after two full months, it wasn't with good news.

Florida and Arizona recorded daily highs for cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, highlighting the worsening spread of the virus in several southern and western states, some of which are taking steps to roll back their reopening plans.

Pence had a handful of campaign and political-related events scheduled as part of his trips to both the Sunshine State and the Grand Canyon State.

This follows President Trump's Tuesday visit to the border wall in Yuma and speech given at an event in Phoenix.

The 45,942 single-day increase was driven by more than 8,000 new cases in Florida and thousands more in Texas, Arizona and California, according to an NBC News tally.

"We're in a much better place", Pence said.

The worsening contagion in some parts of the United States has created a split-screen effect, with NY and its neighboring Northeastern states, which were hit hardest initially, reporting declining cases and forging ahead with reopening plans.

His colleagues painted a starker picture. The vice president said rally attendees are screened and Americans are given "the very best counsel that we have" about the health threat. "We are facing a serious problem in certain areas", said Dr. Fauci.

Pence said the administration also believes people should be wearing masks in instances when they can not social distance from others, but said mandates on mask-wearing should come from local and state officials.

Numerous newly infected persons across the Sun Belt are young adults in their 30s, meaning they are less likely to get severely ill or die.

Pence said, however, the administration has said that and Trump "has worn a mask". Click the link to confirm your subscription and begin receiving our newsletters. For your security, we've sent a confirmation email to the address you entered.