By Emily Crane For Dailymail.com
Published: 18:18 BST, 15 October 2020 | Updated: 21:02 BST, 15 October 2020
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said 'religious practices' within Orthodox Jewish communities has caused the renewed spread of Covid-19 in New York City and other hot spot zones within the state.
Cuomo said that while the overall infection rate in New York was low compared to other states, officials are closely watching 'mini clusters' that have popped up to avoid any statewide spikes.
He singled out hotspot neighborhoods across New York City and other parts of the state that are largely Orthodox Jewish strongholds.
'We're now having issues with the Orthodox Jewish community in New York where, because of their religious practices etc, we're seeing a spread,' Cuomo said in an interview with CNN on Wednesday.
He said health officials would continue to monitor any other potential mini-clusters going forward so the appropriate measures could be taken to avoid future spikes.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said 'religious practices' within Orthodox Jewish communities has caused the renewed spread of Covid-19 in New York City and other hot spot zones within the state
'We're entering a new phase with Covid that we have to understand. This is not going away any time soon. Best case scenario we're looking at another year - even if everything works out well,' he said.
'While the state's overall infection rate is one of the lowest in country... we're seeing mini clusters - one sweet 16th party created 40 cases, one bar violated the rules dozens of cases.'
He said the