New Jersey Reports Highest Single-Day Virus Death Toll

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said at a briefing Wednesday that the state suffered 275 additional CCP virus-related deaths, the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 fatalities.

This brings New Jerseys total number of deaths from the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, to 1,504.

Murphy said there were 3,088 new cases Wednesday, a drop from Tuesdays tally of 3,361 cases, raising hopes that after hitting a peak, the number of new daily infections would steadily fall.

“Even if the rate of our increase is lessening, which its hard to argue it hasnt over the past week, we have two realities that we cannot escape. One is it is still increasing,” Murphy said. “So with all due respect to this notion that weve found some plateau, were not at any plateau.”

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Epoch Times Photo New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tours an emergency field hospital being prepared at the Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, on April 2, 2020. (Michael Mancuso-Pool/Getty Images)

Murphy on Tuesday announced the closure of state parks and forests, saying the move was meant to flatten the curve, referring to the projected rise, peak, and fall of COVID-19 cases.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Murphy said the drop in the number of new daily cases is cause for optimism, but called for more federal support to fight the outbreak.

Murphy said at Wednesdays briefing he would be tightening social distancing requirements, ordering retailers—including grocery stores still allowed to operate—to limit customers, and ensure that customers and employees wear face coverings and regularly sanitize the premises.

New Jersey has been hard-hit by the virus, with its number of cases second only to New York, the hot spot of COVID-19, the disease the CCP virus causes. The New York metropolitan area, which includes northern New Jersey, Long Island, and lower Connecticut, accouRead More – Source

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