New York City is closing its schools as cases of COVID-19 surge.

The order affects about 300,000 children in the city and comes into effect tomorrow.

New York was the epicentre of the pandemic in the US in the spring but had successfully battled the coronavirus.

Officials say the decision was made after the positive COVID-19 test rate surpassed the 3 per cent threshold.

Nearly 35-thousand New York residents have died of COVID-19.

A letter from New York City Schools Chancellor, Richard Carranza, released today informed parents that all schools would close and classrooms would immediately shift to online learning “until further notice”.

The letter also advised parents closure would be temporary and that school buildings would reopen as soon as it was safe to do so.

New York state has the largest school system in the country.