New York closes schools as Europe virus deaths rise

New York (AFP) – New York announced Wednesday it would close schools to battle a rise in coronavirus infections as the death rate in Europe surged and protests against restrictions turned violent.The toughened measures in America’s most-populous city came despite Pharma giant Pfizer boosting hopes of a possible end to the pandemic by announcing improved results for its vaccine.Mayor Bill de Blasio said New York’s 1,800 public schools would revert to remote learning from Thursday after the city recorded a seven-day average positivity rate of three percent.”We must fight back the second wave of …

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