US coronavirus death toll tops 400,000 in Trump’s final hours
BALTIMORE (AP) – The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus eclipsed 400,000 on Tuesday in the waning hours in office for President Donald Trump, whose handling of the crisis has been judged by public health experts a singular failure. The running total of lives lost, as compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is nearly equal to the number of Americans killed in World War II. It is just short of the estimated 409,000 Americans who died in 2019 of strokes, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, flu and pneumonia combined. While the count is based on figures supplied by government agencies around the world, the real death toll is believed to be significantly higher, in part because of inadequate testing and cases inaccurately attributed to other causes early on. It took just over a month to go from 300,000 to 400,000.
California governor says state needs to make more progress on "roadmap for recovery"
California Governor Gavin Newsom says he will announce on Wednesday where the state stands on six key categories needed for reopening the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom said Monday that an additional 42 people died overnight from COVID-19 in California, pushing the state's death toll over 1,000. On Friday, Newsom announced the creation of an 80-member task force for reopening California, the largest economy in the country and the fourth-largest economy in the world. Newsom also discussed the state's ongoing efforts to "close the digital divide" for schoolchildren throughout California and enable distance learning. Newsom said another player in the effort to increase connectivity capabilities was being undertaken by the California Public Utilities Commission.cbsnews.com