Facing an increase in coronavirus infections in certain neighborhoods, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that he would close all nonessential businesses, public and private schools, and daycares in nine ZIP codes throughout Brooklyn and Queens, to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread further.

Assuming Gov. Andrew Cuomo approves the plan, the closures would begin on Wednesday. Cuomo did not comment on whether he would approve the plan on Sunday, but said in a tweet, “Local governments have not done an effective job of enforcement” in certain “hotspot ZIP codes.”

“It pains me to be putting forward this approach that we’ll need, but in some parts of our city — in Brooklyn and Queens — we are having extraordinary problems,” de Blasio said. “Something we haven’t seen since the spring.”


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