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Poorer NYC Neighborhoods Hit Hardest By Virus

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(AP) – New York state recorded 2,373 deaths from the virus by Thursday, with most of them in New York City. New data shows that the coronavirus pandemic is hitting especially hard in New York City neighborhoods that tend to be poorer and might be more likely to have many people living under one roof.

Data released late Wednesday by city health officials show that residents in the immigrant-rich Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona sections of Queens have tested positive for the virus at higher rates than in wealthy, mostly white parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. A top city hospitals official says the virus can spread more easily in crowded housing conditions.

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