At least nine New York City neighborhoods could face new lockdowns as coronavirus infection rates surge in parts of Brooklyn and Queens.
Health officials warned about the emergence of COVID-19 clusters in several zip codes last week, saying that they would begin rolling back reopenings in affected areas as early as Monday if the numbers don’t improve.
‘This may be the most precarious moment that we’re facing since we have emerged from lockdown,’ Dr Dave Chokshi of the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene told a Friday press briefing.
‘We will move as swiftly as the situation warrants. If this growth continues, it will turn into widespread transmission potentially citywide.’
Nine neighborhoods are said to be on the list of high-risk zip codes that could see ‘an immediate scaling back of activities’, which may include bans on gatherings of 10 or more people, mask fines and the closure of non-essential businesses.
The highest increase in positive cases was seen in the Gravesend/Homecrest area in south Brooklyn, where the positivity rate hit 6.42 percent on Friday.
Other problems areas include Midwood (5.05 percent), Kew Gardens (4.18 percent), Edgemere/Far Rockaway (4.03 percent), Borough Park (3.9 percent), Bensonhurst/Mapleton (3.45 percent), Sheepshead Bay (3.34 percent), Flatlands/Midwood (3.1 percent) and Williamsburg (1.55 percent).
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Source: Daily Mail