CORONAVIRUS IN CONNECTICUT: 741 new cases bring state total to 17,550; death toll rises to 1,086

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April 18, 2020 - 6:16 pm
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    BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (1010 WINS) — Gov. Ned Lamont said Saturday that the number of coronavirus cases in the state had surpassed 17,000 and that another 50 people had died from the virus.

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    Lamont said there were now 17,550 cases statewide, including 741 new cases, and 1,086 total deaths.

    At least 1,938 people are hospitalized with the virus statewide, he said.

    Fairfield County continues to lead the state in the number of cases and deaths: 7,363 and 432, respectively.

    Meanwhile, a Connecticut lawyer said Saturday that he is suing Lamont over his executive order requiring people to wear face coverings in public places “wherever close contact is unavoidable” to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

    Stamford attorney Lindy Urso said he filed a lawsuit in federal court saying the order announced by Lamont on Friday is unconstitutional because it infringes on people’s “individual freedoms and liberties.”

    Urso claims the number of deaths in the U.S. linked to COVID-19 is “artificially inflated” and accuses government officials and the media of stirring up fear about the virus.

    A spokesman for the Democratic governor declined to comment Saturday. 

    Lamont’s order on face coverings takes effect at 8 p.m. on Tuesday. It says “any person in a public place in Connecticut who is unable to or does not maintain a safe social distance of approximately six feet from every other person shall cover their mouth and nose with a mask or cloth face-covering.” 

    It also orders people to wear a face covering when using taxis, car services, ride-sharing services and mass transit.

    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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