In view of the rising number of COVID cases in New York City, the NYC Public Advocate Office has called on outgoing Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio to order an immediate return to remote learning.
Jumaane Williams in a tweet said a return to remote learning is a no-brainer idea as the Omicron coronavirus variant sweeps across the city.
“NYC schools should go remote starting Mon (should’ve been last week). A no-brainer as we near recess,” Williams said.
Sources said despite the soaring COVID cases, de Blasio has resisted a return to lockdowns.
In view of the resistance of de Blasio to order the return of remote learning, Williams called the former a stubborn individual.
“@NYCMayor ends term proving he’s still willing to take needless risks & hasn’t learned enough lessons,” he said.
My guess is that even with all of the recommendations and insistence that we prepare a viable remote school option for just this type of scenario the Mayor stubbornly still has not. Likely the same across the state. Almost 2 years in there is simply no excuse for that,” he added.
Sources said the city is averaging more than 3,700 new cases a day in the past week and has an average positivity rate of over 3 percent.
The data also shows that deaths have remained stable, with an average of nine a day.