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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a new crackdown on COVID hotspots across New York City as virus cases spike. (Oct. 6)

AP Domestic

NEW YORK — Protesters gathered for a second night in New York on Wednesday in defiance of new shutdown orders in some of the city’s neighborhoods that have seen concerning spikes in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

Orthodox Jewish protesters gathered en masse in Brooklyn, some with masks and others without, decrying new restrictions from Gov. Andrew Cuomo that would close nonessential businesses and schools and limit the size of religious gatherings.

The new lockdown orders were issued for parts of Queens, Brooklyn and the city’s suburbs that have disproportionately contributed to new virus cases in recent weeks, and some of those areas are home to large populations of the Orthodox Jewish community.

The new measures also come amid the Jewish holiday of