Starting Thursday, all public schools in the New York City School District – the largest in the country – will end full-time education. This was announced on Wednesday by New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, explaining this limitation by the rapid increase in the number of coronavirus infections both in the state and throughout the country.
The mayor’s decision, announced by him on Twitter, was made after the number of victims of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States approached the world anti-record: according to Reuters, the coronavirus has caused the death of almost 250 thousand Americans since the beginning of the year, and this sad milestone may be completed in the next day.
De Blasio’s decision was supported by some of the teachers, many of whom expressed concerns about the increased risk of contracting the virus. However, it will also create difficulties for working parents who will again be forced to take care of their children.
In New York, which became the epicenter of the US pandemic last spring, the virus flared up with renewed vigor in late fall, after the summer lull. Since September, city schools have been practicing a sliding schedule of full-time education: 1.1 million city students study half a week in school, and the other half study remotely from home.
However, de Blasio ordered a full distance transfer of all school studies, starting Thursday. The daily rate of positive tests for COVID-19 has risen to 3% of all tests done over the past seven days, the threshold beyond which full-time schooling should be suspended. According to the mayor, the townspeople “must fight back 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, as well as schools in Philadelphia, postponed plans to return to full-time education.
COVID-19 sets sad records again
Coronavirus infections and related hospitalizations are on the rise across the country. On Tuesday, more than 75 thousand patients with complications from coronavirus were hospitalized across the United States, which is a record figure. According to experts, two factors led to a new surge: a cold snap and more active communication of people inside the premises. The rise in infections can overwhelm the healthcare system.
The new epicenter of the crisis in the United States is the states of the Midwest, where in the week of November 9-16, almost half a million positive tests for COVID-19 were registered.
Cuyahoga County, which includes Ohio’s largest city, Cleveland, on Wednesday advised residents to stay at home until December 17 whenever possible due to a potential overload on the local health care system, which is struggling to cope with what was said to be “an unprecedented surge admission of seriously ill patients “.
Authorities in at least 21 states issued executive orders this month imposing various restrictions to combat the spread of the virus. Measures range from imposing bans on public gatherings to stricter masking requirements and restrictions on non-essential businesses.
White House spokeswoman Kaylee McEnani said Wednesday that state and local governments are abusing their powers to curtail American freedom.
On Tuesday, 1,596 people became victims of COVID-19 in the United States, the highest figure since July 27. According to Reuters, since the beginning of the pandemic, 249,155 US residents have become victims of the coronavirus. In November, an increase in infections was noted in 41 states, 20 states recorded new highs in daily deaths from COVID-19, and 26 states noted a rapid increase in the number of hospitalizations.