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Watch live: Trump holds briefing on the coronavirus as cases continue to rise

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President Donald Trump is expected to speak at a coronavirus news briefing on Wednesday, as the number of confirmed cases continues to spike nationwide. 

This will be the second news briefing on the coronavirus in nearly three months. Trump resumed the briefings Tuesday, but the coronavirus task force was not in attendance. There is no indication that anyone from the task force will be in attendance during Wednesday's briefing. 

On Tuesday, Trump said his administration is "in the process of developing a strategy" to combat the coronavirus pandemic, adding that that plan of action has "developed as we go along." Trump also warned that the pandemic will likely "get worse before it gets better," a stark contrast to his remarks months ago when he downplayed the disease.

The White House coronavirus task force, which is led by Vice President Mike Pence and includes Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, had regularly held briefings on Covid-19 earlier this year.

The president had attended those near-daily briefings. But they ended in late April, shortly after Trump speculated about whether disinfectants could be injected into people to treat the virus. He later claimed he had posed that question sarcastically.

The coronavirus outbreak has spread worldwide, with more than 14.9 million confirmed cases and over 616,990 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. has had more than 3.9 million cases and at least 142,073 deaths, according to the latest tallies, more than any other country.

 CNBC's Kevin Breuninger contributed to this report.

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