Projections show California coronavirus cases and deaths rising more than expected

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Protesters call for opening churches and lifting remaining virus restrictions in California during a protest Saturday in Huntington Beach.(Raul Roa / Los Angeles Times)

Protesters call for opening churches and lifting remaining virus restrictions in California during a protest Saturday in Huntington Beach.(Raul Roa / Los Angeles Times)

California is one of a handful of states where coronavirus cases and deaths are going up more than researchers expected, according to the latest projections in a widely relied-upon model of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Christopher Murray, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the institute’s latest projections suggested the nationwide fatality count would reach 137,000 by Aug. 4. It stands now at nearly 80,000.

The picture is mixed in some of the country’s most populous states, he said.

“Some good-ish news coming out of New York and New Jersey and Michigan, where the death cases and death numbers are coming down faster than expected,” he said. “Some other states where cases and deaths are going up more than we expected — Illinois and then Arizona, Florida, California as examples of that.”

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