A New York City Health Department spokesman recently warned that coronavirus was spreading at increasing levels in communities in Brooklyn and Queens. The city had seen declining or flat transmission prior to the uptick. Health officials warned about transmission among the city’s Hasidic communities.

A health department official said that incomplete data pointed to the fact that a quarter of new cases in the city were linked to Orthodox Jewish communities. Health officials and Mayor Bill de Blasio said they would work to stop the spread based on new data available.

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“We are concerned about how Covid-19 may be affecting Orthodox communities — in these neighborhoods and beyond — and we will continue working with partners, providers and residents throughout the city to ensure that health guidance is followed, which is critical to suppressing the pandemic,” said Patrick Gallahue, a spokesman for the city’s Health Department.

Communal living and close quarters within a life that revolves around a synagogue community make Orthodox Communities vulnerable to coronavirus, which is especially contagious. Hasidic communities were hit hard in March and April when the first wave of the coronavirus hit the city. According to the New York Times, around 700 members of the Hasidic community are thought to have been killed by coronavirus.

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“This is something we are going to address immediately,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference. “We have been working with community leaders and institutions for weeks and weeks but now we’re going to greatly increase our on the ground education efforts and enforcement efforts to address this situation. I want to be clear, this can be addressed effectively. We need everyone to be a part of it.”

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