New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson urged the mayor Friday to shutter the district, the nation's largest with more than 1.1 million pupils.
Still, Cuomo said closing the schools did not mean every school should be closed entirely if a plan could be created to keep some facilities open so teachers could provide child care and children who need food could be fed.
"I don't want my children at risk", she said. "She came into the hospital on March 3", he said. But Cuomo claimed some structures would certainly remain open up to offer the neediest youngsters. On Wednesday (March 4), Gov. Cuomo confirmed there were nine additional cases of people connected to the man, including his 20-year-old son, 14-year-old daughter and a neighbor who drove the man to the hospital, the Times reported.
"We can not go on with business as usual", Stringer said. Earlier this week it was made the center of a "containment area" by the state of NY. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
Across the country, more than 2,500 people have contracted the disease, with the death toll reaching 51.
Doctor gives immediate reaction to Boris Johnson's coronavirus crisis response
Boris Johnson has said that anyone with certain symptoms (a persistent cough or fever) should self-isolate for seven days. Britain was on a trajectory of cases "about four weeks" behind Italy and other worst-hit countries in Europe, he added.
Teachers' unions are pressing de Blasio to close the schools, saying they're anxious for their students' families, their own and New Yorkers at large.
"Many teachers, councilors, and school workers have expressed their concerns amidst this pandemic", he said.
Schools aren't the only thing shutting down in the tri-state area. "Thanks to the procedures in place, there was no patient exposure and no employee exposure that we are aware of", Lutz said.
Reducing density remains a focus for the state in hopes of spreading out the cases of the virus to a rate the healthcare system can manage, Cuomo said.
It also comes hours after the mayor lost the backing of one of his biggest allies in keeping schools open: 1199SEIU, the local health care workers union. At least in school, the mayor said, students can be accounted for and practice proper hygiene. "If you close the schools, there are people who will not show up for work the next day". De Blasio also included mass transit and the health care system.