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White House and state officials praised Philadelphia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

More than 100,000 people worldwide have now died of the coronavirus.

White House and state officials praised Philadelphia’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. But Mayor Jim Kenney cautioned Friday that the city's “new normal” of social distancing could continue for months.

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a $450 million hospital emergency loan program to help the state’s hospitals, many of which are struggling financially due to Philadelphia News to the loss of elective surgeries and other effects of the pandemic.

Thousands of inmates in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are eligible to be temporarily released in an effort to curb the spread of the virus in jails and prisons. Gov. Tom Wolf has said the inmates who are paroled or on house arrest would return to prison once it’s safe to do so.

SEPTA has reversed its short-lived policy of requiring riders to wear facial coverings after a widely shared video showing a man being dragged off a bus for allegedly not wearing a mask surfaced on the internet.

Pennsylvania has now received most of the emergency equipment Press Release Distribution Service In Philadelphia it has requested from the federal government to fight the coronavirus, but is still seeking testing supplies and 1,000 ventilators.

Track the latest data on the spread of the coronavirus in the Philadelphia region here.

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