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For the 3rd time since the height of the pandemic, D.C. reports 0 new COVID-19 deaths

WJLA – Washington D.C. logo WJLA – Washington D.C. 6/30/2020 Courtney Pomeroy
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For only the third time since the height of the coronavirus pandemic, D.C. health officials reported zero new COVID-19 deaths overnight.

Each morning for several months, local health departments have released the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths from the previous day. D.C. previously reported zero deaths on May 26 and June 15.

Since the District saw its first cases and deaths from the virus in March, there have been more than 10,000 total cases, and more than 550 deaths in the city.

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Region-wide, there have been more than 130,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths.

D.C. entered its "Phase Two" stage of re-opening last week, allowing for things like restaurants, retail stores, gyms, museums and libraries to re-open with limited capacity.

DAILY REPORTED COVID-19 DEATHS IN D.C., MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA

Worldwide, the virus has claimed more than half-million lives, according to Johns Hopkins. More than 125,000 of those have been in the U.S. There have been more than 10 million infections worldwide.

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar is stressing that “the window is closing” for the U.S. to take action to effectively curb the coronavirus.

Azar pointed to a recent spike in infections, particularly in the South. He says people have “to act responsibly” by social distancing and wearing face masks especially “in these hot zones.”

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