WASHINGTON — The White House is talking about the coronavirus pandemic again.
The White House coronavirus task force has briefed the public for the first time since late April — this time without President Donald Trump or the presidential podium.
Friday’s briefing was a sign of the administration’s effort to show its got a handle on the virus but the nation no longer needs to be on a wartime footing that would prevent reopening the economy.
Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged a surge in new cases across the South and West. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease official, says COVID-19 is causing “a serious problem in certain areas” of the nation.