COVID-19-related deaths in Massachusetts top 6,600; jobless claims still high

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People wear face masks out of concern for the coronavirus as they wait to enter a supermarket Sunday, April 26, 2020, in Chelsea, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — The overall number of confirmed COVID-19-related deaths in Massachusetts since the start of the coronavirus pandemic climbed to 6,640 on Thursday as another 93 deaths were reported.

Nursing homes have been hit particularly hard, recording thousands of deaths.

Also, there were more than 147,000 claims for pandemic unemployment assistance last week. Boston is planning to make changes to its streets to help ensure a safer reopening during the pandemic.

The Boston Marathon was canceled for the first time in its 124-year history.

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