California nears 1,000th virus death as economy tumbles

  • FILE - In this April 6, 2020, file photo, protesters stop momentarily at a McDonald’s drive-thru, as they join fast-food workers protesting for a second day outside the restaurant in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles. The protesters were demanding guaranteed paid sick leave for all workers during the coronavirus outbreak, as well as personal protection equipment, after a co-worker became sick with the virus. Farm workers, grocery store and fast-food employees and delivery drivers will receive two weeks of paid sick leave so they won’t feel pressured to keep working while infected with the coronavirus, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced. The executive order signed Thursday, April 16, covers those who work for large employers, filling a gap left by a federal act this month that required employers to provide emergency paid sick leave but exempted those with more than 500 workers. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

LOS ANGELES — California neared the 1,000-death mark Friday as coronavirus pushed the state into recession and Gov. Gavin Newsom named a task force of former governors, billionaires and corporate leaders to help the state recover economically after he begins easing restrictions that have shuttered many businesses.