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New York University announced on Tuesday that it will resume in-person classes this fall after finishing its spring semester remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, NYU Local reports, citing an email from the school's provost.

Why it matters: K-12 schools and colleges across the country are grappling with plans for their fall term. Some schools will continue classes online to promote social distancing, while others argue that another remote semester could financially debilitate institutions and decrease retention.

New York City, the heart of NYU's campus, remains an epicenter in America's coronavirus outbreak. The state of New York just began its phase one reopening on May 15.

  • Health officials are worried about a potential second wave of COVID-19 this fall and winter.

The state of play: The university says it will adapt its classroom models in response to the coronavirus.

  • "We’re planning to reconvene in person, with great care, in the fall (subject to government health directives), both in New York and at our Global sites," Provost Katherine Fleming's email read.
  • The school is also authorizing a "Go Local" program that will allow students to opt-in to classes that are nearest to their residences.

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Updated Oct 7, 2020 - Health

World coronavirus updates

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

Coronavirus cases fell by 15% this week

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Sara Wise/Axios

New coronavirus infections fell by almost 15% over the past week, continuing a steady downward trend.

Why it matters: The standard caveats still apply — progress can always fall apart, the U.S. is climbing down from a very high number of cases, and this is far from over. But this is undeniably good news. Things are getting better.

Aug 26, 2020 - Health

Fauci says he was having surgery when CDC testing changes were approved

Anthony Fauci was in the operating room under general anesthesia last Thursday when the White House coronavirus task force approved the narrowing of CDC testing recommendations to exclude asymptomatic individuals, according to CNN's Sanjay Gupta.

Why it matters: Fauci, who had vocal cord surgery last week, told Gupta that he is "concerned about the interpretation of these recommendations and worried it will give people the incorrect assumption that asymptomatic spread is not of great concern. In fact, it is."

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