• Louisiana reported another 938 new COVID-19 cases today, bringing the known total to 53,415 statewide, WBRZ-TV reports. The current number of deaths statewide rose to 3,051, an increase of 12 from Wednesday. The daily number of patients hospitalized rose by 22 to 653.
• Long-term U.S. mortgage rates were unchanged this week as the benchmark 30-year home loan remains at its lowest rate in nearly 50 years. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac reported today that the average rate on the key 30-year loan stood at 3.13%, the same as last week. It is the lowest level since Freddie began tracking average rates in 1971. A year ago, the rate stood at 3.73%.
• Nearly 1.1 million coronavirus relief payments totaling some $1.4 billion went to dead people, a government watchdog reported today. More than 130 million so-called economic impact payments were sent to taxpayers as part of the $2.4 trillion coronavirus relief package enacted in March. The Government Accountability Office, Congress’ auditing arm, cited the number of erroneous payments to deceased taxpayers in its report on the government programs.
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