March 11, 2020 / 6:18 PM / 24 days ago

New York universities SUNY and CUNY to go to distance learning: NY governor

FILE PHOTO: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers remarks at a news conference regarding the first confirmed case of coronavirus in New York State in Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 2, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

(Reuters) - The State University of New York (SUNY) and City University of New York (CUNY) will move to a distance learning model starting on March 19 in response to the coronavirus, Governor Andrew Cuomo told a press conference on Wednesday.

The schools will continue the remote learning model for the remainder of the spring semester, Cuomo said.

Cuomo also said the number of coronavirus cases in New York state has increased to 212 from 173 the day before.

reporting by Nathan Layne in New York; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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