New York mayor closes city schools again due to rising COVID-19 cases

The number of Americans who died from coronavirus is close to 250 thousand.

Starting Thursday, all public schools that make up the New York City school district-the largest in the country – will completely stop full – time education. This was announced on Wednesday by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, explaining this restriction by the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus infections both in the state and throughout the country.

The mayor’s decision that he launched on Twitter was taken after the number of victims of the pandemic COVID-19 in the United States approached world record: the coronavirus has caused the death of nearly 250 million Americans, and this sad turn can be completed in the coming days.

De Blasio’s decision was supported by some teachers, many of whom expressed concerns about the increased risk of contracting the virus. However, this will also create difficulties for working parents who will again be forced to take care of their children.

In New York, which last spring became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, the virus broke out with renewed vigor in late autumn, after a summer lull. Since September, urban schools have been using a rolling schedule of full-time education: 1.1 million urban students spend half of the week at school and the other half study remotely from home.

However, de Blasio ordered the entire school curriculum to be switched to remote mode starting Thursday. The daily level of positive tests for COVID-19 over the past seven days has increased to 3% of all tests taken, which is the threshold after which full-time school classes should be suspended. According to the mayor, citizens “must fight back against the second wave of COVID-19”.

Face-to-face training has already been canceled in Boston and Detroit. Recently, the Clark school district, which includes Las Vegas and is the fifth largest in the country, and schools in Philadelphia postponed plans to return to full-time education.

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