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New COVID-19 cases down in California

Coronavirus and DNA strands

Here’s some encouraging news to start off your week: The Golden State reported far fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 17,640 new cases. That’s down 25.9% from the previous week’s toll of 23,813 new cases.

California ranked 49th among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis, according to a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data.

Across the country, 30 states had more cases in the latest week than they did the week before. But across California, cases fell in 42 counties, with the biggest declines in Los Angeles, San Diego and Fresno counties.

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