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New COVID-19 cases plummet in California

A person is wearing safety gloves while inserting a swab into a test tube.

California reported fewer coronavirus cases in the week ending Sunday, adding 67,859 new cases. That’s down 27.6% from the previous week’s toll of 93,718 new cases.

According to a USA TODAY Network analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, California ranked No. 25 among the states where coronavirus was spreading the fastest on a per-person basis. In the latest week, the United States added 632,914 reported cases of coronavirus, a decrease of 22.9% from the week before.

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