Covıd-19, New York, Chicago

Covıd-19, New York

Chicago says students will stay home, New York erects COVID-19 checkpoints

Chicago says students will stay home, New York erects COVID-19 checkpoints

6/8/2020 8:40:00 AM

Chicago says students will stay home, New York erects COVID-19 checkpoints

NEW YORK : Chicago will teach online only when school resumes in September, the mayor said on Wednesday (Aug 5), and New York City announced ...

Local media reported that the Chicago Teachers' Union had called for a strike vote over the issue."In a perfect world, students would be in classrooms more, not less. But unfortunately that is not where we find ourselves today," Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson said at a news conference with Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

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AdvertisementAdvertisementFILE PHOTO: A trader adjusts his mask as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New York, US, May 28, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)Chicago is the third-largest school district in the United States behind New York and Los Angeles, with 350,000 students.

Los Angeles has already announced that students will be kept home, while New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he expects to have children attend classes part of the time.US President Donald Trump has called for schools nationwide to reopen and Anthony Fauci, the US government's top infectious disease specialist, has said that children should be sent back to class if at all possible.

READ: Local governments 'overwhelmed' in race to trace US COVID-19 contacts“My view is the schools should open. This thing’s going away,” Trump told Fox News on Wednesday. “It will go away like things go away and my view is that schools should be open.”

De Blasio told a news briefing on Wednesday the city will erect checkpoints at key entry points to ensure that travelers from 35 other US states comply with New York's 14-day quarantine mandate.UP TO US$10,000 FINE"Travelers coming in from those states will be given information about the quarantine and will be reminded that it is required, not optional," de Blasio said. Fines for not observing the quarantine order could be as high as US$10,000.

The measure underscores the determination in what was once the pandemic's epicenter to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19 infections. Cases are down 5 per cent nationally but soared last week in Oklahoma, Montana, Missouri and 17 other states.A man wears a mask in Chinatown, Chicago, following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. (Photo: REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo)

On average, 1,000 people are dying each day nationwide from COVID-19. The US death toll is now over 157,000, with 4.8 million known cases.A fifth of all new cases in New York City are from out-of-state travelers, said Dr. Ted Long, who oversees the city's contact tracing program.

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New York City, which at one point of the pandemic reported more than 800 deaths in a single day, has seen no COVID-19 fatalities for the past three days and de Blasio said the city's infection rate had been under 3 per cent for eight weeks.In March, Rhode Island briefly stopped cars with New York license plates, drawing a rebuke from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

FILE PHOTO: A man in a surgical mask walks by an illuminated flag of The United States as the coronavirus outbreak continued in Manhattan, New York City, New York, US, Mar 13, 2020. (Photo: REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)Beginning in mid-July, Cuomo deployed enforcement teams to the state's airports to ensure travelers arriving from areas with major outbreaks provided contact information or risk a US$2,000 fine.

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