President Trump and coronavirus task force update on pandemic, Monday, April 14 | USA TODAY

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U.S. coronavirus deaths and confirmed cases edged lower for the third consecutive day as President Donald Trump prepared to name a task force Tuesday aimed at reopening the economically beleaguered nation.

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Monday’s U.S. death toll was 1,509, down 48 from the previous day. The toll peaked Friday at more than 2,000, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Trump claims he has “total” authority on when to ease restrictions and promised to name a task force to advise him that will include “very great doctors,” business people and others.

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