Here are some of the most significant and recent developments as the region responds to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease covid-19:
• Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced that public and private schools will be closed through the academic year to fight the spread of coronavirus. Northam had initially announced a two-week closure — although some Northern Virginia districts opted to close for longer — but the governor said Monday that schools will remain shuttered for the remainder of the academic year.
• Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is shutting down all nonessential businesses at 5 p.m. Monday as the number of coronavirus cases grows in the state. “Unless you have essential reason, then you should stay in your home,” he said during a news conference. “This is an exceptionally challenging time.”
• D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said Monday she will not follow the lead of California, New York and others in ordering residents to stay at home, despite weekend crowds to view Cherry Blossoms prompting some to urge tougher measures.
• Virginia health officials announced three deaths late Sunday that were linked to the coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to six. Maryland announced 44 new cases Monday while Virginia announced 35 and the District reported 21.
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