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President Trump said Wednesday he will continue trying to toss out all of the Affordable Care Act, even as some in his administration, including Attorney General William P. Barr, have privately argued parts of the law should be preserved amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We want to terminate health care under Obamacare,” Trump told reporters Wednesday, the last day for his administration to change its position in a Supreme Court case challenging the law.

More than 73,000 people in the United States have died from covid-19, with more than 1.2 million reported cases, according to tracking by The Washington Post.

Here are some significant developments:

  • President Trump said the work of the White House coronavirus task force would continue “indefinitely,” a day after Vice President Pence, who heads the panel, said it would probably wind down its work by the end of the month.
  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo persisted in his criticism of China. “China could have spared the world a descent into global economic malaise,” he said. “They had a choice but instead — instead — China covered up the outbreak in Wuhan.”
  • The White House press secretary on Wednesday dismissed the notion that all Americans should be able to receive coronavirus testing to feel safe going back to work, calling the idea “nonsensical.”
  • Hours after the Republican governor of Arizona accelerated plans to reopen businesses, saying the state was “headed in the right direction,” Doug Ducey’s administration halted the work of a team of experts projecting it was on a much grimmer course.
  • After a peak week of sheltering in place in early April, residents in the United States began to inch out of their homes, according to new cellphone data. But even as states begin to “open up,” more Americans appear to be staying put than sprinting out the door.

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