New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday that public schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year as the city fights the outbreak of the novel corona virus.
"It is painful to have to tell you that we cannot bring our schools back for the rest of the school year, but I can also tell you that it is the right thing to do," he said at a press conference.
De Blasio had ordered that public schools be closed from March 16 to curb the spread of the disease. The original goal was to reopen by April 20. However, the mayor said it soon became clear that the date target was unrealistic as the city became a major US corona virus hot spot.
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