Baker: Surge in new virus cases driven by people under 30

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BOSTON (AP/WPRI) — Gov. Charlie Baker says the recent surge in confirmed coronavirus cases in Massachusetts is being driven in large part by an increase among younger people.

The Republican said 15% of new cases in April were among people under the age of 30 but that 37% of the new confirmed cases are people in that age group.

On Tuesday, the Mass. Department of Public Health reported more than 1,000 new positive cases for the fourth straight day, along with seven additional COVID-19-related deaths.

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Baker urged people to stop holding indoor parties and reminded people that outdoor trick-or-treating on Halloween is safer.

He also urged people to limit Thanksgiving gatherings to members of the same household and limit guests.

Baker’s office on Tuesday released a full set of guidelines for the holiday, which include wearing a mask when not eating or drinking, keeping your distance when possible and washing your hands often, along with a list of “higher-risk celebrations.”

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Watch Baker’s full briefing below:

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