Here are some of the most significant and recent developments as the region responds to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease covid-19:
• D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) condemned federal relief legislation that reduces the amount the District will receive by more than $700 million because it treats the city as a territory. But Bowser acknowledged that any funding increase is unlikely ahead of any future relief measures.
• The number of unemployment benefit claims filed in the D.C. region spiked since the coronavirus outbreak, mirroring a surge across the country. According to figures Thursday from the Labor Department, the number of claims filed last week was more than 102,000 for Maryland, Virginia and the District.
• President Trump approved a major disaster declaration for Maryland, which Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said “will help provide much-needed funding” in the state’s fight against the virus.
• The number of novel coronavirus cases in the Washington region has climbed past 1,200, as Maryland, Virginia and the District reported their largest single-day increases Wednesday — followed by Maryland announcing another surge on Thursday. The region has 1,208 reported cases, with 20 virus-related deaths.