Tesla's new Model 3 car. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Tesla CEO Elon Musk gave an update to employees in an email on Tuesday explaining the company is halting production of its Model 3 for "a comprehensive set of upgrades," that will double its production levels, Electrek reports.

Why it matters, per Axios' Ben Geman: This lays out in some detail how the company, which has repeatedly missed targets for ramping up production of the mass market Model 3, intends to meet the closely watched pledge to reach 5,000 per week by mid-year. Successful scale up of the vehicle, which Tesla has struggled to produce at scale, is key to the company’s future.

The details: The new upgrades aim to allow the company to produce between 3,000-4,000 Model 3 units a week. More upgrades will come in "late May," writes Musk, and "should be enough to unlock production capacity of 6,000 Model 3 vehicles per week by the end of June." Musk adds that while the goal is 6,000 units per week, margin of error will realistically call for 5,000 units per week.

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Three people have died in a wildfire in Northern California and tens of thousands were evacuated across the state, as firefighters contended with strong winds and dry conditions that saw blazes explode across the state on Monday.

Driving the news: Shasta County Sheriff Eric Magrini confirmed the deaths occurred as the Zogg Fire spread across 15,000 acres, forcing the evacuation of 1,200 people. More than for 5o,000 people, per AP.

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Global coronavirus death toll crosses 1 million

Data: Our World in Data; Chart: Sara Wise/Axios

The global toll of confirmed deaths from COVID-19 crossed 1 million on Monday, according to data from Johns Hopkins.

By the numbers: More than half of those deaths have come in four countries: the U.S. (204,762), Brazil (141,741), India (95,542) and Mexico (76,430). The true global death toll is likely far higher.

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