With infections slightly up since restrictions had been imposed two weeks ago, certain zip codes across the Big Apple have once again seen a subtle yet concerning rise in positive rates. The state’s total positive-test rate was 1.35 percent Saturday, while it was 1.31 percent Friday.
According to recent figures, Brooklyn’s contentious red zones which had invited numerous protests from the residing Orthodox communities, saw a slight rise in positive test rates with an increase to 4.45 percent Saturday, compared to 4.23 percent Friday. Brooklyn’s red zone, including Midwood, which is deemed as the worst area in the city in terms of the coronavirus saw the rise on Saturday. Furthermore, the latest rate in the borough’s “yellow zone’’ surrounding the red zone was 2.14 percent, as opposed to 2.07 percent the day before.
Similar trends were also seen in other Brooklyn and Queens hot spots, as well as at other spots statewide. In Queens, the yellow-zone rate in Forest Hills and Kew Garden Hills went up to 2.93 percent from 2.40 percent Friday, while another yellow zone in Far Rockaway was 2.55 percent Saturday as opposed to 1.68 percent Friday.
Justifying the renewed restrictions and closures of clusters, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in a conference call with reporters Sunday, called the latest figures “great news.” Despite the rise in rates, no matter how minimal, the Governor lauded his own move of shutting down businesses and schools across red zones, especially in the Jewish dominated areas.
“We get the numbers down, then we can open up the areas. It’s just math,’’ he said, referring to the state’s recent shutdown of many businesses and in-person school learning in some of the hot zones.
As far as the situation in NYC is concerned, several residents, the Orthodox community, feels as if they are being pushed to the edge with these restrictions and that the mishandling of the authorities has caused cases to flare up in the area. President Trump, on several occasions, has also directed the New York authorities to open the state up, but to no avail.