New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks at a information convention on July 1, 2020 in New York Metropolis.
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President Donald Trump is exacerbating the coronavirus pandemic within the U.S. by downplaying the issue and telling People they do not should put on a masks, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo mentioned Monday.
Trump “says numerous issues, proper? They don’t seem to be essentially information, they don’t seem to be essentially true,” Cuomo mentioned at a press briefing in Albany.
“He desires to disclaim the Covid virus. He has from day one. ‘Nicely it is identical to the flu. Nicely it should be passed by Easter. It is going to get heat and disappear like a miracle.’ He is mentioned all of issues, and none of them had been true,” Cuomo mentioned.
He mentioned Trump may assist curb the outbreak within the U.S., the worst on the earth, by merely acknowledging the issue and by sporting a masks in public. If he does not, then “he is facilitating the virus. He is enabling the virus,” he mentioned.
“He will not put on a masks. Vice President Pence says put on a masks. All of the well being officers say put on the masks. He will not put on a masks as a result of he does not wish to admit that there is a Covid virus. Why? I do not know,” Cuomo mentioned.
The Empire State governor pointed to his personal work in New York for instance for different states to include the virus. There have been 817 individuals hospitalized with the coronavirus in New York, he mentioned, which was the bottom stage of Covid-19 hospitalizations because the starting of the outbreak.
“We all know there is a mannequin that claims you possibly can include the virus. We did it,” Cuomo mentioned. “And by the best way, we did it within the worst case state of affairs. That is what’s actually breathtaking right here. We did not have seven circumstances, we had the best an infection price within the nation.”
In the meantime, some states like Texas are reporting record-level hospitalization ranges as outbreaks proceed to surge. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner mentioned on CBS’s “Face The Nation” Sunday that the town’s hospitals are solely weeks away from turning into overwhelmed.
Texas and Florida reported report surges in coronavirus circumstances over the Fourth of July weekend as state and native governments attempt to include rising outbreaks.
This can be a growing story. Please examine again later for updates.