New York City set to impose new COVID-19 closures despite Orthodox Jewish protests
By Maria Caspani and Jonathan Allen
NEW YORK (Reuters)-New York City will start to enforce new shutdown laws on coronavirus hot spots companies and schools on Thursday that have already sparked angry demonstrations in one of the impacted areas by a tiny orthodox Jewish contingent.
First Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed his intention to tample outbreaks in Brooklyn and Queens on Sunday after a 7-day straight-time rate of positive coronavirus testing in some regions.
The data also alarmed medical officials who expect a second wave of COVID-19 in a town that has suffered at one stage in the season.
Wednesday's most current favorable rate was 1.39 percent.
De Blasio was scolded by Governor Andrew Cuomo, a fellow democrat with whom he has always been feuding, for his decision of delineating the communities where closures will be imposed by utilizing postal Zip code.
According to a Reuters report, New York is one of nearly 30 of 50 US states where cases have jumped during the past two weeks.
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By Tuesday, Cuomo, who has the absolute control over shutdowns has published new color coded charts, causing some uncertainty with their diagonal lines bisecting blocks in cities, which will not enable significant companies to close down on several streets to be unknown.
De Blasio vowed clarification on Thursday Morning and lasted at least 14 days before compliance started.
"We collaborate with the government to make the precise limitations really transparent," he told journalists.
"I assumed the ZIP codes were more obvious."
Hundreds of demonstrators assembled on Tuesday evening during Jewish religious holidays in some of the mainly hassided Jewish sections of Brooklyn's Borough Park, where religious meetings do not reach ten individuals, to attack the most strict closures.
More than 8% of coronavirus samples this week have returned positive.
After midnight, the videos spread to online and local media show hundreds of hasidic men, many unmasked, collected a snack of burning facial masks.
In recordings, at least one Orthodox Jew is severely battered and heckled and hunted local law enforcement officer and media outlets. Certain demonstrators are viewed as "snickers."
Four elected officials from state and area, representing the Jewish Orthodox community issued a letter punishing Cuomo, the Catholic, for what they described as the extraordinary religious community.
"Addedly, his speech in recent times is reckless and scandalous, particularly for a Holocaust group of survivors and their heirs, whose vocabulary has remembered previous verbal assaults on Jewish populations," the letter stated.
Simcha Felder, Simcha Eichenstein, Senator of State of New York, Chaim Deutsch and Kalman Yeger were the presidents of the Board.
On Wednesday, Cuomo defended the prohibitions that will, in Rockland and Orange, also be imposed outside the city, home to broad orthodox Jewish populations.
"This was because of the reality that communities were not upholding the original rules to the point that they were angry," he reported.
"Why the virus is spreading," she added.
The implications have reached past hassidic Jews.
On Tuesday, Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Brooklyn, released a statement against the current regulations, stating that the previous rules had worked.
In response to concerns about overnight protest and abuse the New York Police Department has not responded.
De Blasio claimed that the protestors did not represent the bulk of New Yorkers and called for a unity and for "coronavirus denialists" from New Yorkers.
(New York article by Jonathan Allen and Maria Caspani; Gabriella Borter 's additional article;