The Governor of the State of New York, Andrew Cuomo, He reported that 783 people died of coronavirus in the state in the last 24 hours. The figure represents a slight rebound compared to Friday, day 777 died. So far, 8,627 have lost their lives in the state in the wake of the pandemic.
These are staggering numbers. Behind this number are individuals and families, and untold loss and pain.. We mourn all those who lost to this virus, “he said.
He then stated: “We are still seeing new hospitalizations and new infections but it is stabilizing. Social distancing is working. We must continue like this ”. And he asked himself: “What should we do now? More and more rapid tests, be better prepared and have a federal stimulus. When and how we reopen is a matter of public health and economics. We must avoid a second wave of infection”.
The new daily report came minutes after the mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, announced the closure of public schools for the rest of the school year, a measure that he called “painful” but “necessary to save lives”, And to be able to continue implementing social distancing and defeat the coronavirus.
“It is not an easy or satisfactory decision for those of us who have been making efforts so that our children get the best education possible”Said De Blasio at a press conference.
New York’s public education system, the largest in the United States with 1.1 million students, closed its schools on March 15 and started a system of long distance education a week later.
Although De Blasio originally said he wanted to reopen schools on April 20, after the annual spring break, New York authorities, he noted, have concluded that it is not “reliable, safe or fair”Restart the school year before the month of September, when a new academic year would begin.
Despite the closure of schools, students will continue with the distance education system imposed, for which the distribution of 240,000 electronic devices was announced among students who at this point still do not have one so that everyone can follow the school year.
De Blasio applauded the complicated role that teachers have had to assume in recent weeks and the speed with which they have adapted to the new circumstances. “Our educators have been asked to learn a completely new way of teaching (…) And they had to do it in a week,” the mayor said.
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