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New Jersey schools will remain closed through at least May 15 as the state continues to see rising cases and deaths from the new coronavirus, Governor Phil Murphy said.
The risk is too great right now to reopen, Murphy said Thursday at a press briefing. The schools were ordered closed March 18 as the virus spread throughout New Jersey.
Murphy also reported a third straight day of more than 300 deaths from the new coronavirus. Fatalities from Covid-19 now total 3,518, more than the number of New Jersey residents who died in World War I, Murphy said. As of April 1, the state’s cumulative death toll was 355.
Even as cases and deaths have climbed, the virus’ spread has shown signs of slowing for more than a week. In most of the 21 counties, positive results are doubling in seven days or more, when they had been doubling every three days. Murphy, though, has warned that New Jerseyans must continue social distancing, and has said a scarcity of test kits will hamper regional governors’ plans to reopen the economy.
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