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Gov. Murphy Hesitant to Lift COVID Restrictions After Recent Spike in N.J.

By Charles Elmo

Sports Writer

With COVID cases rising again in New Jersey, restrictions are not expected to be lifted any time soon. 

Gov. Phil Murphy has indicated that the recent spike in new COVID-19 cases means there will not be any announcements about loosening restrictions in the near future, NJ.com reported

New Jersey’s seven-day average was around 3,329 cases as of Sunday — meaning the infection rate is up 8% from a week ago and 29% from a month ago, nj.com added. 

Murphy’s stance comes just days after loosening indoor capacity limits for businesses like restaurants and gyms from 35% capacity to 50%, according to the Office of the Governor. 

Murphy has continued to express concern about the spread of the virus; the state will continue to push forward with its effort to vaccinate 70% of the population by May, NJ.com continued. 

COVID Numbers 

The following are the latest COVID-19 cases for yesterday and today. There was an increase of 3,151 positive cases in New Jersey, with 363 cases from Bergen County. 

Tues. 3/23/2021Mon. 3/22/2021
New Jersey869,000866,000
Bergen County86,83086,467

*Numbers according to Google Statistics.

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Art by Charles Elmo.

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