New York City’s COVID-19 resurgence prompts shutdown

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De Blasio wants to stop the reopening of schools and non-essential businesses for about two to four weeks

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to impose a new shutdown in nine New York City neighborhoods due to a resurgence of coronavirus cases.

De Blasio said on Sunday he wanted to “rewind” the reopening of schools and non-essential businesses for about two to four weeks in areas of Brooklyn and Queens.

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“We’re having an extraordinary problem — something we haven’t seen since spring,” De Blasio said, according to The Daily Mail.

“Today, unfortunately, is not a day for celebration. Today is a more difficult day.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio elbow bumps a student at P.S. 188 as he welcomes elementary school students back to the city’s public schools for in-person learning on September 29, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The nine neighborhoods in question, one of which has a high population of Black people, have seen a positivity rate of more than three percent in the last seven days.

Edgemere in Far Rockaway, Queens has seen an increase of nearly 6%.



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