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State and city leaders blame social gatherings, not businesses or schools, for coronavirus uptick in New London

Connecticut and local officials said Monday that the recent uptick in coronavirus cases in New London can be traced back to a series of social gatherings and other small social interactions — not to local school or business reopenings, or to the nearby casinos.

“We’re being told by the contact tracers that it’s not coming from any institutional or business setting, it’s coming predominantly from social spread … where people are letting their guard down,” said New London Mayor Michael Passero.

He pointed to situations — such as small family gatherings that are well within the state limits on gathering size — where people may feel relaxed enough that they remove their masks or sit nearby one another. But COVID-19 can still spread, even among a small group of people and even from people who aren’t displaying any symptoms.

“The institutional environments — nursing homes, schools, even the casino — they have these strict protocols in place, people are less likely to let their guard down,” Passero said. “So where it’s spreading now is where people are more likely to be relaxed and let their guard down.”

The state issued a COVID-19 alert for New London on Thursday, after a steep increase in cases in the city. New London and the surrounding areas saw relatively few cases in the spring, and by Sept. 25 New London had recorded a total of 229 confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began in March. But from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9, New London’s cases jumped up to 368 — an increase of 139 in just two weeks.

The reported cause of the New London uptick align with comments made by Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, during a visit to UConn’s Hartford campus last week.

“This is really a message to everyone in Connecticut: the kind of spread that we’re seeing now is very different from the spread we experienced in March and April,” Birx said.

At the Monday afternoon press briefing in New London, Gov. Ned Lamont pointed back to Birx’s comments.

It’s “informal social events, that’s where we’ve got to the track and trace, that’s where we need families to be particularly careful,” Lamont said.

Dr. Deidre Gifford, the interim commissioner of the state Department of Public Health, listed off a couple specific spreading events that have been identified by contact tracers — including carpooling, lunch breaks and family gatherings that brought together multiple households. (It’s unclear if she was referencing spreading events across the entire state or specifically in New London.)

The state’s response to the spread is “nothing new,” Gifford said. “But it’s just … the vigilance. We keep reminding ourselves: mask on, over the nose and mouth, if you’re with anybody that’s not part of your household.”

Also at Monday’s briefing, Lamont said that he expects to release an executive order “within the next couple of days” that will allow municipalities with rising cases of COVID-19, including New London, to remain

(LIVE) Watch London Marathon Live Stream 2020 Online and on TV

Watch London Marathon 2020 Live: The London Marathon may be taking place virtually this year, but here’s everything you need to know about the highly-anticipated event.

Over 45,000 runners are predicted to be taking on the weighty challenge, which takes place virtually this year due to the ongoing pandemic, and gives participants 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to complete 26.2 miles anywhere in the UK.

When is the London Marathon 2020?

The London Marathon 2020 takes place on Sunday 4th October, and begins at 7.15am, with different groups beginning the race at different times.

Race start times (ET)

Elite women — 2:15 a.m.

Elite men — 5:15

Elite wheelchair — 8:10

How to apply for London Marathon:

Applications for the London Marathon are now closed – however due to the ongoing pandemic, you can complete the marathon virtually by running the 26.2 mile distance anywhere.

General entries to The 40th Race have now sold out, but some charities do have a few places available.

How to watch London Marathon Live:

The BBC will be airing the London Marathon this year, with Gabby Logan presenting coverage of the 40th event live from the Mall.

BBC Two will be kicking off the coverage at 7am, with the Elite Women’s Race, before the show moves onto BBC One at 10am. From 1pm, coverage will move back onto BBC Two until 3.20pm.

NBCSN coverage starts at 2 a.m. ET. Olympic Channel picks up coverage at 8 with the wheelchair races.

London Marathon 2020 route:

While most people running the London Marathon will be able to do so virtually, and therefore can run any route they want, the Elite and wheelchair races are taking place in a biosphere environment on a closed-loop course around St James’s Park in London, with the race finishing on The Mall as it has done in previous years.

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TV London Marathon Live: The London Marathon 2020 may be taking place virtually this year, but here’s everything you need to know about the highly-anticipated event.

The London Marathon may look a little different this year, but it’s still going ahead on Sunday – with runners all over the UK taking part in the virtual race for the event’s 40th birthday.

Over 45,000 runners are predicted to be taking on the weighty challenge, which takes place virtually this year due to the ongoing pandemic, and gives participants 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds to complete 26.2 miles anywhere in the UK.

When is the London Marathon 2020?

The London Marathon 2020 takes place on Sunday 4th October, and begins at 7.15am, with different groups beginning the race at different times.

Race start times (ET)

Elite women — 2:15 a.m.

Elite men — 5:15

Elite wheelchair — 8:10

How to apply for London Marathon:

Applications for the London Marathon are now closed – however due to the ongoing pandemic, you can complete the marathon virtually by running the 26.2 mile distance anywhere.

General entries to The 40th Race have now sold out, but some charities do have a few places available.

How to watch London Marathon Live:

The BBC will be airing the London Marathon this year, with Gabby Logan presenting coverage of the 40th event live from the Mall.

BBC Two will be kicking off the coverage at 7am, with the Elite Women’s Race, before the show moves onto BBC One at 10am. From 1pm, coverage will move back onto BBC Two until 3.20pm.

NBCSN coverage starts at 2 a.m. ET. Olympic Channel picks up coverage at 8 with the wheelchair races.

London Marathon 2020 route:

While most people running the London Marathon will be able to do so virtually, and therefore can run any route they want, the Elite and wheelchair races are taking place in a biosphere environment on a closed-loop course around St James’s Park in London, with the race finishing on The Mall as it has done in previous years.

Since 2010, the race has been sponsored by Virgin Money which is a financial services brand for a better banking experience for us worldwide. They have been the sponsors of this event for long 9 years. London Marathon was first to run on 29 March 1981.

Now let us know about the process to get qualified as a participant in this event. If you are not a U.K. resident you can’t participate in this event. Otherwise, there are different age groups for you to stay in the contest. You need to contact the management or visit the official website of the sponsors of the event.rt

Participation in the contest is personal to you; you are strictly prohibited from transferring or offering to sell or allowing any other person to wear the event number.

You are not allowed to use any wheeled device, artificial aid, pets or animals, or any other item that could potentially inhibit