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Coronavirus in N.Y.C.: Pressure to Close School System, Nation’s Largest

As leaders across the country have shut down school districts to curb the spread of coronavirus, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo have come under growing pressure from elected officials, public health experts, teachers and parents to do the same in New York City.

The latest to do so was the City Council speaker, Corey Johnson, who on Friday called on the city to temporarily close it schools. “It is not time to panic,” he wrote on Twitter. “But it is time to act.”

The vast majority of the city’s 1,800 public schools are still up and running, and leaders here have insisted that they will remain open as long as possible.

“We are going to fight tooth and nail to protect our school system,” Mr. de Blasio said on Thursday, adding, “we are going to do our damnedest to keep the schools open.”

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