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Gov. Phil Murphy and his administration on Saturday introduced greater than 2,000 new COVID-19 instances within the state and 13 extra deaths in Central Jersey, and urged residents to proceed working towards social distancing and taking the virus severely.

There have been 2,289 new instances in New Jersey over a one-day interval, Murphy mentioned at a day briefing. There may be now a complete of 11,124 optimistic instances all through the state.

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“We are actually into 5 digits as we predicted we might be quickly, at in regards to the tempo we anticipated,” Murphy mentioned. “Over the previous day, one other 32 of our fellow blessed New Jerseryans have died to COVID-19-related sicknesses.”


Additionally Saturday, President Donald Trump mentioned he’s contemplating ordering a two-week quarantine for New Jersey, New York and elements of Connecticut. 

What this totally entails shouldn’t be but identified.

“We’d prefer to see NY quarantined as a result of it’s a hotspot — New York, New Jersey, possibly one or two different locations, sure elements of Connecticut quarantined,” Trump mentioned.


“I’m serious about that proper now,” he mentioned to reporters exterior the White Home on Saturday.  “We’d not must do it however there’s a chance that someday at this time we’ll do a quarantine — quick time period two weeks for New York, in all probability New Jersey and elements of Connecticut.”

Gov. Phil Murphy and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had been puzzled by the president’s remarks when requested at their respective day by day briefings Saturday.

“I actually noticed the story as I was strolling within the room,” Murphy mentioned at his day by day coronavirus briefing. “I’ve bought no extra coloration on it.”


Trump later tweeted about it saying a choice could be made “a method or one other, shortly.”

There are actually 140 deaths associated to coronavirus in New Jersey.


“Let me put it this manner: nobody is getting graded on a curve for his or her social distancing. There is not any alternative for an A- or a B+ right here. This can be a pass-fail check,” Murphy mentioned. “That is life and dying.”

According to counties throughout the state, instances elevated in Central Jersey from the day past. These numbers had been as comply with:

  • Middlesex County: 808 optimistic instances, a rise from 640
  • Union County: 742 optimistic instances, a rise from 519
  • Somerset County: 258 optimistic instances, a rise from 222
  • Hunterdon County: 61 optimistic instances, a rise from 57

Bridgewater introduced Saturday it has 33 instances and 4 deaths so far.


Certain Brook introduced a rise of two instances, bringing its complete of quantity instances to 6.

There have been seven new coronavirus-related deaths in Union County, 5 in Middlesex and one in Somerset.

“All of us must get by means of this collectively,” Murphy mentioned. “And never solely get by means of it, however come out of it collectively.”


Social distancing is being enforced, the governor mentioned.

On Friday evening, Ewing Township police broke up a celebration with 47 individuals, together with a DJ, crammed right into a 550-square-foot residence, Murphy mentioned. The organizer was charged “as he ought to have been, and deserved to be.”

Murphy additionally talked about hire and mortgage reduction.


Murphy mentioned a number of main nationwide monetary establishments, together with Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. Financial institution, Wells Fargo and Financial institution of America, are committing to not initiating foreclosures gross sales or eviction proceedings for no less than 60 days.

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Murphy introduced a 90-day grace interval for mortgage funds for debtors economically impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. 


Murphy urged landlords to “present some compassion” and to not increase hire. He additionally ordered them to not evict tenants at the moment, and mentioned if a landlord does, his administration would make an instance of them.

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Murphy thanked the organizations donating private protecting tools, however mentioned “we want extra.”


State Well being Commissioner Judith Persichilli thanked healthcare staff, grocery shops and different important staff and referred to as them “heroes” however urged them to attempt to keep as a lot social distancing whereas performing out their important duties.

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