As the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pandemic approached 80,000, senior White House officials over the weekend urged state governors to take steps toward restarting commerce as the economic wreckage mounted from lockdowns.

Total deaths in the U.S. reached 79,528, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. World-wide, nearly 283,000 people have perished from Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus. These numbers may undercount the true death toll, researchers say.

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