The number of K-12 students in the United States whose schools have closed or are scheduled to shutter because of the spread of the novel coronavirus has surpassed 3.5 million — and more are expected.Around the world, the number of students whose education has been interrupted by the virus has soared to 391.5 million students, according to UNESCO.The World Health Organization says that the number of confirmed cases of covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, has surpassed 126,000, and that more than 4,600 people have died. The death toll in the United States had reached 38 by early Thursday, with more than 1,300 cases diagnosed. Experts warned they expect the crisis to worsen in the next few weeks.As of late Thursday, UNESCO reported, 29 countries had shuttered schools and universities nationwide. That was several million more students than earlier Thursday, showing the continuing and swift impact from the spread of the coronavirus.An additional 20 countries have had localized school closures to prevent or contain the virus, UNESCO said.The United States has seen a rapid rise in the number of students affected by school closures, according to a tally being kept by Education Week.On Wednesday, the number of K-12 students


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