The America’s biggest city has closed down public schools due to the coronavirus epidemic.
Mayor Bill de Blasio, on Sunday announced the closure of public schools in America’s biggest city, bowing to pressure after strongly resisting the move aimed at curbing the coronavirus pandemic.
In her statement, the New york mayor said: “I regret to announce that as from tomorrow our public schools will be closed,” de Blasio told a news conference, saying they would stay shuttered until April 20, and potentially for the remainder of the school year.”
New York City of 8.5 million people has recorded a steady increase of coronavirus cases.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had advocated for the school closures. After de Blasio’s announcement, the governor justified the move by saying it would “reduce density and mitigate the spread” of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
Shortly after the closure announcement, the union said it was “greatly relieved” that New York’s public schools would close for five weeks.
The city’s 1,800 schools serve some 1.1 million students, making it the largest school system in the country.