NYC braces for new lockdowns as eight neighborhoods experience ‘alarming’ surge in coronavirus cases and New York state’s positivity rate rises to 1.5% – the highest it’s been since mid-July

New York City is bracing for another round of crippling shutdowns as eight neighborhoods experience ‘alarming’ surges in coronavirus infection rates.

It comes as New York state recorded a positivity rate of 1.5 percent on Sunday – the highest it’s been since mid-July.

Gov Andrew Cuomo announced the latest positivity rate at a press conference on Monday, saying that spikes in the Big Apple were a ‘big contributor’.

He said that the state is ramping up efforts to keep the pandemic under control by sending in additional health department officers to high risk areas to ensure ‘additional testing and compliance measures’.

‘It’s very targeted and focused on those clusters,’ Cuomo said of the state’s heightened efforts.

Health officials warned about the emergence of COVID-19 clusters in several communities across Queens and Brooklyn last week, saying that they would begin rolling back reopenings in affected areas as early as Monday if the numbers don’t improve.

As of Sunday, eight neighborhoods with large Orthodox Jewish populations were identified as potential targets for 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.

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Source: Daily Mail