US President Donald Trump has confirmed the White House coronavirus task force will be winding down, with Vice-President Mike Pence suggesting it could be disbanded within weeks. “We are bringing our country back,” Mr Trump said during a visit to a mask-manufacturing factory in Arizona. New confirmed infections per day in the US currently top 20,000, and daily deaths exceed 1,000.
Schools have reopened in Wuhan, the city where COVID-19 originated, in a sign of China’s increasing confidence that it is over the worst of its outbreak. Around 57,000 high school students with university entrance exams to prepare for returned to class in the central Chinese city today. It has been three weeks since any new deaths related to COVID-19 have been reported in the country where the pandemic began late last year.
Donald Trump has denied any involvement by the US government in what Venezuelan officials have called a failed armed incursion in the South American country that led to the capture of two American “mercenaries”. “We’ll find out. We just heard about it,” Trump said when asked about the incident and the Americans’ arrests. “But it has nothing to do with our government.”
A Philippine government agency on Tuesday ordered the country’s leading broadcast network, which the president has targeted for its critical news coverage, to halt operations after its congressional franchise expired, sparking shock over the loss of a major news provider during the coronavirus pandemic. The National Telecommunications Commission ordered ABS-CBN Corp. to stop operating after its 25-year congressional franchise ended Monday.
Grimes is opening up about her newborn son’s unique name. The 32-year-old singer confirmed that she and boyfriend Elon Musk have named their baby boy X Æ A-12 on Tuesday. “X, the unknown variable,” the new mom wrote. “Æ, my elven spelling of Ai (love &/or Artificial intelligence),” Grimes continued, before sharing that a part of her son’s name is a nod to the CIA’s Lockheed A-12 reconnaissance plane.