Cuomo: Trump administration ‘in denial’ about coronavirus ‘problem’

Governor of New York Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoUS hits 2.5 million coronavirus cases as states hit one-day highs on Sunday shows a preview: With the rise in coronavirus cases, lawmakers and health officials weigh in on Fauci hinting at a new approach to COVID-19 tests MORE (D) said Sunday that the Trump administration is “in denial” about the coronavirus pandemic and has failed to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“If you listen to what the [Health and Human Services] The secretary said that if you listen to what the president says, what they said at the White House briefing, they are saying what they said three months ago. They basically deny the problem. They don’t want to tell the American people the truth, “Cuomo said on NBC’s” Meet the Press. ”

Cuomo noted that the increase, mainly in the south and west, is not part of a second wave, but is a continuation of the first wave of the pandemic.

“It was a failed effort to stop the first wave in the country,” said Cuomo. “And as you pointed out, New York is in a totally different place.”

New York, once the epicenter of the pandemic, has seen a decline in coronavirus cases as other states have seen waves since the restrictions put in place to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus were reduced.

On Friday, the White House coronavirus task force held its first briefing since May, during which Vice President Pence tried to reassure the public that the coronavirus pandemic is under control as daily infections exceeded 40,000 for the first time. time in over a month.

New York has begun to lift restrictions in all parts of the state to varying degrees, including allowing businesses in New York City, once the city with the highest rate of coronavirus cases, to reopen to limited capacity.

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Cuomo said the state is still on track with the metrics it set to reopen, including the availability of hospital beds, the number of tests and available personal protective equipment.

This is a virus, it does not respond to politics. You can’t tweet it, you have to treat it. And we never did that, “he said.

“We have fewer than 800 people in hospitals, the lowest number basically since we started. How does that number go up? Two ways: non-compliance, and I’m diligent to stick with New Yorkers and local governments who have to monitor it. And second, now I fear that the spread will come from other states because we are one country, and people travel and I fear that the infection rate in the other states will return to New York and raise that rate again, “he added.

Cuomo, along with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut, last Wednesday announced a travel advisory requiring travelers from states with high rates of coronavirus infections to be quarantined for 14 days.