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D.C., Northern Virginia begin gradual reopening, but some businesses remain closed; coronavirus infects 100,000 in region

A bit of normality returned to Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia on May 29 as the area began to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown. (Video: The Washington Post, Photo: Evelyn Hockstein/The Washington Post)
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The number of known coronavirus cases in the District, Maryland and Virginia was 102,059 on Friday, with 50,988 cases in Maryland, 42,533 in Virginia and 8,538 in the District. The number of virus-related deaths reached 2,466 in Maryland, 1,358 in Virginia and 460 in the District, for a total of 4,284 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:

• The District and Northern Virginia are taking steps to reopen today, gradually loosening stay-at-home rules that have been in place because of the pandemic, as business owners are stocking up on hand sanitizer and putting up signs requiring masks.

• On Friday, 85 days after the novel coronavirus appeared in the Washington region, the number of known infections in D.C., Maryland and Virginia surpassed 100,000. That means six in every 1,000 residents have tested positive for the virus. At least 13,000 patients have been hospitalized, according to state data, and 4,239 have died.

• Starting today, all passengers and visitors will be required to wear face coverings at Reagan National and Dulles International airports. Children under the age of 10 and people who have medical conditions that prevent them from wearing face coverings will be exempted from the requirement, airport officials said.

• Maryland’s two largest D.C. suburbs will begin to lift shutdown restrictions Monday, the final pieces of a tentative reopening for the Washington area. Both Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich (D) and Prince George’s County Executive Angela D. Alsobrooks (D) said declining trends in hospitalizations for the coronavirus would allow them to ease the closure of nonessential businesses Monday.

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