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New York City child dies from COVID-19 amid cover-up of infections in schools

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Last week’s death was the first pediatric death in New York City since the reopening of K-12 schools this academic year and the 30th child death in the city since the beginning of the pandemic. The DOHMH report stated that children ages 5-12 have been the leading demographic in positive COVID-19 cases in New York City this week, the first time this has taken place during the pandemic. By official figures, nearly a quarter of all positive cases reported in the city in the past week have occurred in schools.

It is unclear whether the child who died contracted COVID-19 while in school because all details have been withheld by the administration of Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio. In an interview on WNYC, de Blasio responded to the tragedy by downplaying the death and whitewashing the spread of coronavirus among children, saying, “Thank god our youngest kids have been the least affected by COVID throughout [the pandemic].”

Educators and parents took to social media to voice sympathy to the family of the child as well as their disgust with and opposition to the response of the New York City political establishment. One educator wrote, “As a teacher I am appalled by the unrealistic belief that kids don’t get COVID. Last year we shut schools just as [the pandemic] was revving up. … [B]ut media blindly push rhetoric that kids weren’t impacted. I call B.S. on all of them who said it—[doctors,] media and politicians.”


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