Five states hit record daily highs for coronavirus cases on Saturday, and Vice President Mike Pence canceled planned campaign events in hard-hit areas as the virus surged in the U.S. South and West, halting economic reopening plans.
Pence is still expected to visit both Arizona and Florida to meet with state leaders, but the meetings will be considered White House events and not campaign stops, according to NBC News' Jacob Gardenswartz.
Why it matters: Public health experts, including the task force's own Anthony Fauci, largely agree that increased mobility and social contact stemming from the lifting of lockdown restrictions are driving spikes in infections.
Pressed on the Leicester lockdown, she added: "With local flare-ups, it is right we have a localized solution in terms of infection control, social distancing, testing and numerous tools ... to control the virus, to stop the spread". "What the media doesn't focus on at all is because of the sacrifices the American people made in those 45 days to slow the spread and the good commonsense measures they continue to do".
Florida and Texas have shut down bars in a desperate bid to stem the exploding range of coronavirus in their state. And he repeated President Donald Trump's assertion that cases are rising only because more testing is being done.
But the vice-president also took note of positive job numbers and added: "The reality is we're in a much better place".
There are a number of possible reasons for the continuing drops in deaths even as cases rise, experts say.
Vice President Mike Pence was set to attend a Faith in America event in Tucson Arizona on Tuesday, June 30. "We'd have never had the success in MI or New Orleans", he said. "The governor was warned months ago that we were facing a looming potential crisis and he absolutely wanted to do nothing about it".
That person "subsequently began showing symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19", Cuomo said in a statement. "But when you do that, you are part of a process".
Pence responded: "I want to remind you once again that absolutely free speech and the right to peacefully assemble is enshrined in the Constitution" - even while putting on a mask and pursuing social distancing pointers do not prohibit absolutely free speech.
The health officials stressed that individual decisions to keep distance from people, wear masks, and wash their hands could make a difference in transmission. One reporter asked Pence, who several times at the briefing encouraged people to listen to guidance from local and state health officials, why the campaign held a rally in Tulsa, Okla., last weekend despite local officials advising against it.