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Jobless claims skyrocket in the D.C. area; mayor tells hospitals city needs 3,600 more beds for surge

Sanitation workers in Washington, D.C., keep the city running by emptying trash bins, but are now exposed to the coronavirus every day they go to work. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post/The Washington Post)
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The number of known coronavirus cases in the District, Maryland and Virginia stands at 4,697 on Thursday, with 2,332 cases in Maryland, 1,708 in Virginia and 657 in the District. The total of virus-driven deaths was 41 in Virginia, 36 in Maryland and 12 in the District, for a total of 89 fatalities in the region.

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:

From Wednesday: More than 4,000 coronavirus cases in Washington region, with peak still weeks away

• Labor Department numbers released Thursday show Virginians filed 114,104 jobless claims through the week ending March 28. Marylanders filed 83,536 unemployment benefit claims during that time, while D.C. residents filed 14,868 new claims. The regional numbers mirror a record spike nationwide.