The United States on Saturday has passed Italy for the most confirmed covid-19 deaths in the world, with more than 20,000 fatalities, a figure experts have called “an underestimation.” Much-smaller Italy has still lost more people per capita — roughly 31 of every 100,000 people there have been killed by the virus. If the death rate in the U.S. were to match that in Italy, more than 100,000 Americans would die.

The news comes as Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, said he hopes for “a real degree of normality” by November.

Here are some significant developments:

  • Abortion providers have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene after Texas banned the procedure during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • A federal judge has blocked Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer from banning drive-in church services on Easter.
  • President Trump has rejected potential emergency funding for the U.S. Postal Service, which has suffered financially during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is sick with covid-19, “continues to make very good progress."
  • New York’s governor and New York City’s mayor are again feuding, this time over school closings.

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