Coronavirus: Senate reconvenes; California counties defy stay-at-home order; Pence regrets not wearing mask

The U.S. Senate reconvenes Monday, its members donning masks and promising to practice social distancing, while across the nation many states slowly reopen their economies.California isn’t one of those states — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday he would make an announcement this week on plans to ease coronavirus restrictions — but two more counties in the northern part of the state aren’t waiting for the green light and plan to reopen Monday with some restrictions.

Here are the most important developments from Sunday: 
  • President Donald Trump predicted that 80,000 to 90,000 Americans could eventually die from the virus, which has killed more than 67,000 in the U.S. so far.
  • The Department of Homeland Security released a report that says Chinese leaders hid the severity of the coronavirus pandemic to hoard personal protective equipment.
  • Dr. Deborah Birx, coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, said it was “devastatingly worrisome” to watch anti-lockdown protesters fail to practice social distancing at demonstrations.

Good news: Amid a pandemic, teachers are finally getting the respect they deserve. “How most teachers are being viewed right now is right up there with health care workers,” said Ruth Faden, a professor of biomedical ethics at Johns Hopkins University. Here are a few of their stories.


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