11:43 GMT18 January 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - Public schools in NYC will resume in-person classes starting early December, New York City (NYC) Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced.

    "Beginning the week of Monday, December 7, New York City public schools will begin to reopen. We will begin with elementary schools," de Blasio said on Sunday, as broadcast on the official NYC Mayor Twitter page.

    ​According to de Blasio, public schools in NYC will be reopening in phases, starting with preschool programs and kindergarten through fifth grade (3-K, Pre-K and K-5 students).

    "Later that week, on Thursday, December 10th, our district 75 special education programs [will relaunch]," the mayor said.

    In-person classes were halted in NYC in mid-November when daily positive testing for the coronavirus crossed critical levels set by the city.

    The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York City is now 679,111, over 34,514 have died, while 442,009 people have recovered. Nationwide, the total number of COVID-19 cases has now topped 13 million, with the official death toll surpassing 270,000.

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