Here are some of the most significant recent developments as the region responds to the pandemic of the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease covid-19:
• The number of deaths attributed to covid-19 surpassed 1,000 on Tuesday in the District, Maryland and Virginia as known coronavirus cases in the region approached 27,000.
• Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said Tuesday that he was doing what President Trump instructed states to do when he made the decision for Maryland to purchase 500,000 coronavirus tests from South Korea. During an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Hogan said he did not know why Trump disparaged him during his news conference Monday night.
• The Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. Officials made the announcement Tuesday and said in a statement they canceled the event because there is “no clear path to safely set a new date in 2020.”
• Montgomery County lawmakers proposed a $2 million appropriation to protect tenants from eviction. The County Council introduced the proposal Tuesday, with funding set to go toward county efforts to end homelessness, including a short-term rental subsidy program, emergency eviction prevention and housing stabilization initiatives.