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Pence Tells Governors to Protect Citizens However They Can

  • A newly serious tone as the pandemic surges across the U.S.
  • California tightens rules and L.A. cancels in-person classes
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Coronavirus Makes Comeback in States It Already Hit
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Vice President Mike Pence told U.S. governors Monday that the administration would back them on any measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic as 13 states reached an alarming rate of positive tests.

On a conference call, Pence said those states have rates of higher than 10%, according to a person who listened to the private session and requested anonymity to discuss it. The vice president has consistently argued that the administration’s response has been vigorous. On Monday, he made clear the situation has become grave, the person said.