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Vice President Mike Pence at a White House coronavirus task force briefing on June 26. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence's planned campaign appearances in Arizona and Florida have been postponed due to rising novel coronavirus infections in both states, NBC News first reported and Axios has confirmed.

Why it matters: NIAID director Anthony Fauci expressed concern this week about coronavirus surges in Arizona, Texas and Florida.

Yes, but: An official with Pence's office clarified to Axios that the vice president will still be traveling to all three states next week with coronavirus task force coordinator Deborah Birx to meet with governors and their health care teams.

What they're saying: Postponing Pence's campaign appearances was done "out of an abundance of caution," a campaign official told Axios.

  • Pence acknowledged at Friday's White House coronavirus task force briefing that cases are rising across the South, but said that "this moment in the coronavirus pandemic is different than what we saw two months ago, to better equip the American people, to respond."

Details: Pence will travel with Birx to Arizona on Tuesday and Florida on Thursday, Pence said at Friday's briefing.

  • Florida has reported over 14,000 people hospitalized from the coronavirus and recorded a massive 24-hour spike in infections Friday. The state has logged over 132,000 infections and nearly 3,4000 fatalities cumulatively since the pandemic's start, per the state health department.
  • Arizona is reporting over 70,000 infections and more than 1,500 deaths, per the state health department. 87% of intensive care unit beds in the state are in use as of Thursday.
  • Texas' governor said Friday that he regrets how quickly the state reopened bars, as coronavirus infections have surged. The state is reporting over 137,000 infections and more than 2,300 fatalities, per the state health department.

Editor's note: This story has been updated with comment from a spokesperson for Vice President Mike Pence who confirmed that the vice president will still travel to meet with state health care teams next week, though campaign appearances have been cancelled.

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Updated Oct 7, 2020 - Health

World coronavirus updates

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

Updated Oct 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

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Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

An outbreak of COVID-19 has struck the White House — including the president himself — just weeks before the 2020 election.

Why it matters: If the president can get infected, anyone can. And the scramble to figure out the scope of this outbreak is a high-profile, high-stakes microcosm of America's larger failures to contain the virus and to stand up a contact-tracing system that can respond to new cases before they have a chance to become outbreaks.

White House identifies 206 people possibly exposed to COVID at Trump fundraiser

President Trump waves as he boards Air Force One before heading to Bedminster, N.J., for a fundraiser. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

The White House has given New Jersey health officials a list of at least 206 people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus at a fundraiser event attended by President Trump in Bedminster last week, the state's department of health tweeted Sunday.

Why it matters: The president has come under criticism for choosing to attend the event at the Trump National Golf Club on Thursday even after close aide Hope Hicks tested positive for the coronavirus.