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The Trump administration has begun preparing to return Americans to work, with the White House estimating the world's largest economy will restart in four to eight weeks after a virtual shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The president is forming a task force to be announced on Tuesday, which may be called the 'Opening Our Country Council,' and will comprise bipartisan business leaders across the U.S. The group will likely begin by assessing ideas such as reopening areas on a "rolling basis" provided it is safe to do so amid a pandemic that has infected 1.7 million people worldwide with COVID-19, a viral disease whose effects range from mild symptoms to death, depending on the patient. More than 100,000 people have lost their lives. Roughly 17 million Americans have been laid off in just the past several weeks as the illness forced authorities to close non-essential businesses to prevent its spread, leaving many without a paycheck and unable to meet financial obligations such as rent, mortgages and food.