Gov. Cuomo, Health Secretary Azar clash with de Blasio over school closings

Gov. Cuomo, Health Secretary Azar clash with de Blasio over school closings


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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and US Health and Human Services Secretary agreed Monday that schools with lower coronavirus infection rates should remain open — casting doubt on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to close public schools if New York City’s infection rate hits 3 percent.

Cuomo during an interview on MSNBC, said the schools are often the safest place for kids, often with lower infection rates than the neighborhoods they’re in.

“The infection rate in the schools is much lower than the rest of the city and the rest of the community. Why not leave the children in the schools rather than have them around run around the streets where the infection rate is five times as high,” the governor said.

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Cuomo said the agreement to close schools when the city infection rate hits 3 percent was set months ago and there is more precise data available now to make a more informed decision.

He said the infection rate in

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