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A new high for coronavirus deaths in California as counties push ahead with reopening

A new high for coronavirus deaths in California as counties push ahead with reopening

by Hannah Fry, Rong-Gong Lin II, Luke Money and Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times  |  Published on May 21, 2020

LOS ANGELES — California recorded 132 new coronavirus-related fatalities Tuesday — the most in a single day since the pandemic began — as counties across the state continue cementing plans to reopen their economies.

The highest number of deaths previously reported in a single day statewide was 117 in late April. Tuesday’s rise, which comes on a day when data from the previous weekend is typically released, pushed the state’s death toll past 3,400. The number of confirmed cases statewide has climbed to 83,864, according to data compiled by the Los Angeles Times.

While the death count continues to rise, other metrics show significant progress, enough that even some of the most cautious local health officials have agreed to begin slowly reopening businesses and public spaces.

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