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NJ Reports More Than 2,400 Deaths, Prohibits Phone, Internet Disconnection

At least 2,443 people have died from COVID-19 complications in New Jersey and 64,854 people have tested positive for the new coronavirus.

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New Jersey said that 94 more people had died from COVID-19 complications to bring the total number of virus-related deaths in the Garden State to 2,443.

The total number of cases was at least 64,854 as of Monday.

Gov. Phil Murphy announced the news at his daily briefing, when he also announced he and his fellow northeast governors will coordinate the return to somewhat normal once the coronavirus pandemic is under control.

The northern part of New Jersey has been particularly hard hit by the deadly coronavirus, but deaths have been reported in every South Jersey county as well.

Murphy also signed an order that said people who lost their internet or phone service for failing to pay since the crisis intensified March 16 could have it restored.

The order also bars internet and phone providers from cutting off service until up to 30 days after the end of the current public health emergency ends. An end date has not been specified.

And New Jersey lawmakers are set to vote Monday to push the state's primary election, income tax and state budget deadlines later.

The Democrat-led Assembly and Senate are holding sessions over the phone to vote on a number of bills in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Senate passed the measures early Monday.

One measure delays the primary from June 2 to July 7, while the state income tax deadline will mirror the federal date of July 15, instead of April 15. The state fiscal year, which was set to end on June 30, will now be Sept. 30 under another bill.

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