COVID-19: New York closes its schools as of Thursday

Public schools in New York City, which reopened after much hesitation at the end of September, will close as of this Thursday, after the COVID-19 positivity rate reached 3%.

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“We have reached the threshold of 3% of test positivity: unfortunately, this means that schools will be closed from Thursday, November 19 as a precaution,” Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Wednesday.

The measure was expected although controversial: tests have shown that the positivity rate in schools is much lower than the average rate in the city.

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