July 8, 2020 / 4:50 PM / a month ago

Pence says coronavirus positive cases flattening in Ariz, Texas, Florida

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence leads a White House coronavirus disease (COVID-19) task force briefing with Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, at the U.S. Education Department in Washington, U.S., July 8, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday that the percentage of positive coronavirus testing is starting to flatten in the hard-hit states of Florida, Texas and Arizona.

“We are actually seeing early indications of a percent positive testing flattening in Arizona and Florida and Texas,” Pence said at a White House coronavirus task force briefing at the Department of Education.

He also said authorities were seeing declining numbers of emergency room visits as well in Arizona and Florida.

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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