NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka announced on Saturday that Newark lost two more members of its community to the coronavirus on Friday evening, bringing the city’s death toll to four.
One victim was a 30-year-old woman, he said, but no details were provided on the second individual. In New Jersey, more than 8,825 positives and 108 deaths have been recorded to date, making the state the second in coronavirus cases and a major disaster area. Newark currently has more than 200 cases.
“This virus that’s being spread throughout our city, this is war,” Baraka said over Facebook live. “It’s not like other crime throughout our city that we can trace back to people.”
Essex County sits at number two in the state in coronavirus cases, most of which fall within Newark. Baraka said that on Monday he would be “locking the entire city down” due to some residents refusing to cooperate with shelter-in-place orders.
“This is real, this is 100% real, and if there was a time we needed you to be a community, it’s today,” he said.
Residents are encouraged to call COVID-511-511 for updates on the coronavirus here in Newark.