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The number of known coronavirus cases in the District, Maryland and Virginia was 68,142 on Wednesday, with 34,812 cases in Maryland, 26,746 in Virginia and 6,584 in the District. The number of virus-related deaths reached 1,809 in Maryland, 927 in Virginia and 350 in the District, for a total of 3,086 fatalities.

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:

• Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced Wednesday he will lift the stay-at-home order that has shuttered most businesses and churches for nearly seven weeks. Beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, some small shops and all religious organizations will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity provided proper social distancing restrictions are followed — and local governments also say it is safe. Several jurisdictions, including Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, plan to keep restrictions in place.

• D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) extended the city’s stay-at-home order, mass gathering ban and closure of nonessential businesses through June 8, saying infections have not declined enough to start reopening the capital. The social distancing measures were set to expire Friday. New cases have started to decline over the past several days, but officials want to see a sustained decrease over two weeks before starting to reopen.

• Maryland, the District and Virginia added 1,796 new coronavirus cases Wednesday and 103 deaths, officials said. The District added 14 new deaths, the most since May 8, when 19 fatalities were recorded.