The number of Americans who died from coronavirus came close to 250 thousand.
Starting Thursday, all public schools that are part of the New York City school district, the largest in the country, will completely eliminate full-time education. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday, explaining the restriction by the rapid increase in coronavirus infections both in the state and across the country.
The mayor’s decision, announced on Twitter, was made after the number of victims of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. approached the world anti-record: according to “Reuters” coronavirus since the beginning of the year has caused the death of almost 250 thousand Americans, and this sad milestone can be passed within the next 24 hours.
De Blasio’s decision was supported by some teachers, many of whom expressed fears because of the increased risk of contracting the virus. But it will also create difficulties for working parents who will have to take care of their children again.
In New York, which last spring was the epicenter of the U.S. pandemic, the virus erupted with renewed vigor in late fall, after a summer of silence. Since September, urban schools have been practicing a sliding schedule of full-time education: 1.1 million urban students spend half a week in school, and the other half study remotely from home.
However, de Blazio ordered to completely switch all school studies to remote mode starting from Thursday. The daily level of COVID-19 positive tests has increased to 3 percent of all tests taken in the last seven days, which is the threshold after which full-time school classes must be suspended. According to the Mayor, citizens “must fight back the second wave of COVID-19.
Face-to-face training has already been cancelled in Boston and Detroit. The other day, Clark School District, which includes Las Vegas and is the fifth largest in the country, and schools in Philadelphia have postponed plans to return to full-time education.
COVID-19 sets sad records again
The number of coronavirus infections and associated hospitalizations is increasing throughout the country. Over 75,000 patients with coronavirus complications were hospitalized across the United States on Tuesday, a record number. Two factors, experts said, led to a new surge: a cold spell and more active communication between people indoors. Growth in the number of infections may lead to congestion in the healthcare system.
The new epicenter of the crisis in the U.S. is the states of the Midwest, where a week from November 9 to 16, almost half a million positive COVID-19 tests were registered.
Kayahoga County, which includes Ohio’s largest city, Cleveland, on Wednesday advised residents to stay home until December 17 if possible because of a possible overload of the local health care system, which is struggling to cope with what was said to be “an unprecedented surge in the admission of seriously ill patients.
Authorities in at least 21 states have issued decrees this month imposing various restrictions to combat the spread of the virus. Measures range from bans on public meetings to stricter requirements for masks and restrictions on secondary businesses.
White House spokeswoman Kaylie McEnani said Wednesday that state and county governments are abusing their authority by restricting the freedom of Americans.
On Tuesday, 1,596 people fell victim to COVID-19 in the United States – the highest number since July 27. According to Reuters, 249,155 U.S. citizens have been victims of the Coronavirus since the pandemic began. In November, there was an increase in infections in 41 states, 20 states recorded new peaks in the daily mortality rate from COVID-19, and 26 states saw a rapid increase in hospital admissions.