The task force has essentially been sidelined by Trump, said senior administration officials and others close to the group, who described a greatly reduced role for the panel created to guide the administration's response to the pandemic.
Former Vice President Joe Biden marked the grim milestone of 100,000 US deaths from COVID-19 with a video message directed at the family members of the victims that also offered a sharp rebuke of President Trump, the man he hopes to succeed in the White House.
The wave of deaths, one-third of which has come from the world's financial capital of NY and neighbouring New Jersey and CT, has had a devastating impact on American economy which has now gone into recession with an unprecedented over 35 million losing their jobs in the last three months.
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Still, Trump continues to pressure state governors to reopen their economies and allow the "transition to greatness" he has adopted as a new campaign slogan to proceed full speed ahead. But the daily number of fatalities has recently remained around 500.
The US death toll stands at 100,576, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the pandemic.
Several hours later, Biden followed that up by posting a hard-hitting ad that featured a bar graph that showed the mounting death toll alongside damning clips of Trump claiming the virus would "go away", suggesting the ingestion or injection of disinfectants as a treatment, complaining that he's been treated worse than Abraham Lincoln, and golfing on Memorial Day weekend - concluding with a graphic that read "America deserves a president who cares". "All across the country, families are mourning loved-ones lost to this disease", House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said.
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It matches the toll in the U.S. of the 1968 flu pandemic, and it is approaching the 116,000 killed in another flu outbreak a decade before that, it said.
The hardest-hit region of the United States is the New York City metropolitan area.
"Our nation mourns the loss of so many Americans to this deadly pandemic - now more than 100,000 killed, including almost 5,000 in Illinois", Congressman Bill Foster said.More news: U.S. warship challenges restrictions near disputed islands in South China Sea