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Though the metrics continue to look good in Connecticut, the surge in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in other states throughout the country could influence reopening plans.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said that the spikes in other states could slow down the state’s plans to enter Phase 3 of reopening the economy, which was planned for mid to late July.

Lamont said that he is also “rethinking” reopening bars in Phase 3 as more than 30 states continue to see rises in COVID-19 cases.

"If I saw something in Massachusetts or New York that was very disturbing, it would certainly give me pause," Lamont said. "Our state tends to walk in parallel with some of our neighbors.”

Lamont is also reconsidering things such as reducing the occupancy of indoor dining further while evaluating the COVID-19 infection rates in other states.

“I probably would say I’m rethinking that, looking at what’s going on in other parts. We thought about increasing occupancy on things like restaurants,” he said. “We’re down to 50 percent for indoor (dining), but again Texas just lowered themselves down to 50 percent for indoor (dining).

“As I look at what’s going on in Texas and Arizona and Florida, we definitely take that as an indicator of what we want to do in mid-July.”

Phase 3 of reopening in Connecticut was set to include opening up bars, indoor event spaces for weddings and other gatherings, amusement parks, arcades, and permitting outdoor events of up to 250 guests.

The number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized dropped under 100 for the first time in nearly four months, with four patients being discharged, bringing the total to 99 statewide.

There were 59 new COVID-19 cases reported, bringing the state’s total to 46,362 since the pandemic began. There have been 4,320 virus-related fatalities. 

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The 9 areas of England where Covid cases have JUMPED in the last week revealed

CORONAVIRUS infections have jumped significantly in nine areas in England in the last week, data from Public Health England (PHE) has revealed.

Areas such as Redcar and Cleveland in North Yorkshire and Wokingham in Berkshire suffered the most severe spike in cases up to June 28.

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Data from PHE shows cases in terms of per 100,000 of the population.

Redcar and Cleveland had an increase from 0.7 to 5.1, while Wokingham jumpedfrom 0.6 to 3.0.

London was one of the worst hit areas at the start of the pandemic and two boroughs in the capital have also seen an increase in cases.

Barking and Dagenham, which is around nine miles east of Central London has jumped from 1.4 to 5.7 while Hammersmith and Fulham in West London jumped from 5.9 to 12.4.

Another London borough that has been hit is Havering, which is in the East of London.

Cases here jumped from 1.9 to 5.4.

Another area which has seen a spike in cases is Knowsley in Merseyside where cases have more than trebled in one week.

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Cases jumped from 6.0 to 20.1.

Looking further north to Bolton and cases here jumped from 15.8 to 23.5.

This is while in Doncaster cases jumped from 17.4 to 21.3.

In Sheffield they jumped from 20.6 to 24.4.

So far in the UK over 43,000 people have died from the coronavirus and the spike in cases is a worrying sign that the UK is not quite out of the woods when it comes to ridding the country of the killer bug.

Other areas in England that have seen a spike in Covid cases

While nine areas across England have been hit the hardest, other places have also seen a slight increase in case numbers.

Richmond upon Thames: 1.0 > 3.1 (199.02%)

North Somerset: 1.4 > 3.7 (167.14%)

Hillingdon: 2.6 > 5.9 (125.57%)

South Gloucestershire: 0.4 > 0.7 (102.86%)

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly: 0.7 > 1.4 (101.43%)

Croydon: 1.6 > 2.9 (82.69%)

Harrow: 1.6 . 2.8 (75%)

Reading: 1.8 > 3.1 (66.30%)

Ealing: 4.6 > 6.7 (64.55%)

Gloucestershire: 0.6 > 1 (50.79%)

Plymouth: 1.5 > 2.3 (50%)

Kingston upon Thames: 1.1 > 1.7 (50%)

Hartlepool: 4.3 > 6.4 (49.88%)

Wandsworth: 2.8 > 4 (44.20%)

Solihull: 4.7 > 6.5 (40%)

Merton: 4.4 > 5.8 (33.49)

Enfield: 2.7 > 3.6 (32.96)

Blackpool: 10.8 > 13.6 (26.65%)

Hounslow: 7.4 > 9.2 (24.90%)

Liverpool: 6.3 > 7.7 (22.68%)

Calderdale: 12.4 > 14.8 (19.22%)

Sheffield: 20.6 > 24.4 (18.35)

Wiltshire: 1.2 > 1.4 (17.50)

Haringay: 2.6 > 3 (14.29%)

Brent: 5.1 > 5.4 (5.84)

Leicester: 140.2 > 141.3 (0.8%)

If cases continue to rise in these areas extra restrictions could be placed on residents.

Health officials are now keeping a close eye on these hotspots threatening the UK's fight against the killer bug.

This week England witnessed its first local lockdown after Leicester was forced to push back measures to reopen.

Pubs and restaurants are set to reopen across the country on Saturday but people in Leicester will have to wait a further two weeks for the additional freedoms.

Yesterday the death toll hit 43,995 across the UK and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said gyms would be able to reopen "within weeks".

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The Prime Minister told LBC: “The best way forward for the country is to get the economy moving again.

“We want to get every part of our industry, including theatres, that are so vital.”

On gyms, he added: “We are going to reopen gyms as soon as we can do it in a Covid-secure way and I think that the date for reopening gyms at the moment, if we can do it, is in just a couple of weeks' time.”

Dr Jenny Harries has however warned the British public that a second peak or a series of waves are expected in the coming months.

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