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The number of known coronavirus cases in the District, Maryland and Virginia was 72,529 on Friday, with 36,986 cases in Maryland, 28,672 in Virginia and 6,871 in the District. The number of virus-related deaths reached 1,911 in Maryland, 977 in Virginia and 368 in the District, for a total of 3,256 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:

• Virginia and Maryland eased restrictions today on some nonessential businesses and relaxing other shutdown measures, but some of their largest jurisdictions — including the suburbs that surround Washington — are opting not to do so. For jurisdictions that do participate, the changes took effect at midnight this morning in Virginia and will took effect at 5 p.m. in Maryland.

• Officials in Maryland’s most populous jurisdictions questioned Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s decision to ease his stay-at-home order. Their worries about adequate supplies of tests and safety equipment, as well as the continued wave of coronavirus infections, were also the focus of a letter sent to Hogan by Maryland’s Democratic Senate president and House speaker.

• The number of new coronavirus infections and deaths in the Washington region continued to rise Friday, as parts of Virginia and Maryland plan to begin a gradual reopening. The District and two states combined to report 77 deaths and 2,077 new infections on Friday. There are now 72,529 cases across the three jurisdictions.

• For those businesses scrambling to reopen, there was a sense of nervous excitement, with proprietors establishing safety measures and getting creative about how to space their customers apart. More than 103,000 jobless claims were filed last week in the District, Maryland and Virginia, bring the total number of people who have sought jobless benefits in recent weeks to 885,000.