At the current rate, the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 is likely to hit 50,000 in just a couple days. There’s no sign yet that the pace of the nation’s losses — in lives or money — is about to slow significantly.

This week’s national report on unemployment claims is expected to deliver another devastating economic blow today. That may fuel the debate roiling in state houses across the country over how and when to allow businesses to reopen, a debate President Trump has waded directly into with messages that seem to vary from day to day.

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