President Donald Trump is exacerbating the coronavirus pandemic in the United States by minimizing the problem and telling Americans they don’t have to wear a mask, said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday.
Trump “says a lot of things, doesn’t he? They aren’t necessarily facts, they aren’t necessarily true,” Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany.
“He wants to deny the Covid virus. He has it since day one.” Well, it’s just like the flu. Well, it will disappear on Easter. It will heat up and disappear like a miracle. “He said everything and none of them were true,”
He said Trump could help curb the outbreak in the United States, the worst in the world, simply by acknowledging the problem and wearing a mask in public. If not, “it’s easing the virus. It’s enabling the virus,” he said.
“He won’t wear a mask. Vice President Pence says he’s wearing a mask. All health officials say he’s wearing a mask. He won’t be wearing a mask because he doesn’t want to admit there’s a Covid virus. Why? I have no idea,” he said. called Cuomo.
Cuomo ridiculed Trump’s claim that if the United States had not conducted multiple tests, they would have found no other cases. Trump previously said that “anyone who wants a test gets a test.”
Last month at a campaign demonstration in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Trump attributed the growing outbreaks across the country to more tests, adding that he told officials to “slow down the tests, please.”
The Empire State governor has indicated his work in New York as an example to contain the virus in other states. There were 817 people hospitalized with coronavirus in New York, he said, which was the lowest level of Covid-19 hospitalizations since the outbreak began.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks at a press conference on July 1, 2020 in New York City.
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“We know there is a model that says you can contain the virus. We did it,” said Cuomo. “And by the way, we did it in the worst case scenario. This is what’s truly breathtaking here. We haven’t had seven cases, we’ve had the highest infection rate in the country.”
Some states such as Texas are reporting record hospitalization levels as outbreaks continue to rise. Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said CBS “Face The Nation” Sunday that the city’s hospitals are only a few weeks away from being overwhelmed.
Texas and Florida reported record hikes in coronavirus cases over the weekend of July 4th as state and local governments attempt to contain the growing outbreaks.
Meanwhile, in New York, the number of new infections has declined since the state started reopening businesses in mid-May, Cuomo said. The state reported 518 additional cases on Sunday, less than 1% of the total tests conducted.
“We are not the United States of denial. We have never been a nation that excelled because we refuse to admit the problem,” said Cuomo.
New York has slowly reopened its economy in stages, allowing New York City to begin its “Phase 3” reopening on Monday, which has allowed the return of beauty salons, spas, tattoo parlors, among other activities.
However, the city has delayed the reopening of indoor dining spaces in restaurants while other states that have reopened their restaurants and bars have seen spikes in cases and have been forced to go back to those decisions.
“An outbreak everywhere is an outbreak everywhere,” said Cuomo on Monday.