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US President Donald Trump has made a turn on his earlier decision to end the White House virus task force.

The earlier plan had received widespread criticism and Trump explained his reversal by saying he had no idea how popular the task force was.

The task force currently reports to the president and co-ordinates with medical institutes, political staff and state governors. It also consults medical experts to formulate national guidelines on social distancing.

The US has about one third of all confirmed cases globally and more than double the number of deaths of any other country.

While infection and death rates have plateaued, there is acute concern over a second wave should lockdown measures be lifted.

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