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New York City schools halt in-person classes as U.S. COVID cases top quarter-million

2020-11-19 10:48:35       source:Reuters

November 19, 2020

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City’s public school system, the nation’s largest, called a halt to in-classroom instruction on Wednesday, citing a jump in coronavirus infection rates, as the U.S. death toll from the COVID-19 pandemic surpassed a grim new milestone of 250,000 lives lost.

The decision to shutter schools and revert exclusively to at-home learning, starting on Thursday, came as state and local officials nationwide reimposed restrictions on social and economic life to tamp down a surge in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations heading into winter.

The action by New York schools, announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio via Twitter, doubtless came as a relief to some teachers, many of whom have expressed fear of being placed at increased risk of exposure to the highly contagious respiratory virus.

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