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Puerto Rico to close schools amid Covid-19 surge

Puerto Rico to close schools amid Covid-19 surge
San Juan, Puerto Rico Credit: Tasha Jolley

The closures would go into effect April 12, roughly a month after some 100 of the island's 858 public schools were authorized to reopen for the first time in a year amid the pandemic. The announcement was praised by some health experts, teachers and parents who worried about an increase in infections and had warned that reopening schools was a rushed decision. Health Secretary Carlos Mellado said that while no COVID-19 breakouts were identified at any of the schools, the move is necessary given the recent spike in cases.

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