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Christmas Coronavirus Updates From Around New England

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont urged residents on Wednesday to limit their interactions with family and friends over the holidays to prevent another coronavirus surge. 

The Democrat noted "things have calmed down" since the uptick in COVID-19 infections following Thanksgiving gatherings. But he said he worries that more people may be traveling over Christmas than Thanksgiving, especially by air. He urged residents not to fly unless they absolutely have to, and asked those who do fly to test and quarantine. He also urged people to celebrate with just their immediate family.

Meanwhile, the governors of four other New England states are offering a Christmas greeting and plea to avoid spreading the coronavirus. Maine's Democratic governor, Janet Mills, joined Republican Govs. Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Chris Sununu of New Hampshire and Phil Scott of Vermont in recording a message posted on social media Wednesday night. They asked residents to mask up and reconsider traditional holiday gatherings. 

Meanwhile, state police say five people demanding better COVID-19 protections for state prison inmates were arrested outside Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo's home Wednesday night. And Catholic churches in the Boston-area are preparing to celebrate Christmas masses in-person under strict coronavirus safety measures. -- Associated Press