Friday, 23 Oct 2020

Orthodox Jews appear to ignore social distancing during mass gathering in Brooklyn

Amid a spiking daily coronavirus infection rate in the Big Apple, a large gathering of Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn — a hot spot of the disease, along with Queens — was captured in a video that shows them apparently ignoring preventive measures.

One user on Twitter also posted footage of the group, which he said was walking through a neighborhood in Borough Park late Tuesday.

The mass gathering took place on the same day Mayor de Blasio announced that the city’s daily coronavirus infection rate was more than 3 percent.

“The fact is, for the first time in quite a while, the daily number is over 3 percent and that is cause for concern,” Hizzoner said at his daily press briefing Tuesday. “We have not seen a day like that in quite a while. We do not want to see days like that.”

De Blasio said that primarily nine ZIP codes in the two boroughs have driven the daily positivity rate up to 3.25 percent – the highest rate since early June.

The hot spots — which include Gravesend/Homecrest, Midwood, Kew Gardens, Edgemere/Far Rockaway, Borough Park, Bensonhurst/Mapleton, Gerritsen Beach/Sheepshead Bay, Flatlands, and Kew Gardens Hills/Pomonok — account for more than 25 percent of all cases in the city over the past two weeks.

“This is an inflection point,” de Blasio said. “We have to take more action at this point and more serious action.”

Also on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to meet with members of the Orthodox Jewish communities to address the cluster issue.

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