NEW York Governor Andrew Cuomo slammed Republican state leaders on Thursday who he says “played politics” with the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo was asked on CNN about comments made by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who made New Yorkers traveling to the Sunshine State earlier this year self-quarantine.
But now, as New York’s infection numbers have dropped, many conservative states, including Florida, Arizona, and Texas, have seen a surge in cases.
Cuomo said of the rise in numbers: “I say to them all look at the numbers. You played politics with this virus, and you lost.”
“You told the people of this state, you told the people of this country, the White House, ‘Don’t worry about it. Go about your business. This is all Democratic hyperbole.’”
Cuomo, a Democrat, continued: “Now you see 27 states with the numbers going up. You see the death projections going up. You see the economy going down.”
“It was never politics. It was always science.”
On Wednesday, the US reported more new coronavirus cases than on any single day since the pandemic hit the country earlier this year with more than 36,000 cases.
The World Health Organization said the outbreak in the Americas — including the US — has not yet reached its peak.
States across the country are seeing a surge in coronavirus cases as lockdown restrictions were eased, prompting the tri-state governors to implement a travel advisory.
Cuomo, along with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, said that anyone traveling to the three states from a state seeing high coronavirus numbers must self-quarantine for 14 days.
Travelers from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Utah, and Texas, are currently the only ones who will have to isolate, but Cuomo said the number would be updated daily based on a 10 percent+ infection rate.
Those who don't quarantine themselves will be subject to fines of up to $10,000.
Cuomo said the new travel measures are imperative to ensure the infection rate remains low.
“No one else had to accomplish as much as we had to accomplish in such a short period of time,” he said on Wednesday. "No one else had to bend the curve as much as we had to bend the curve.”
“We now have to make sure the rate continues to drop. We also have to make sure the virus doesn’t come in on a plane, again.”
As for New Jersey, Murphy said the Garden State has been “through hell and back” because of the virus.
Cuomo on Thursday also slammed politicians, including President Donald Trump, who have claimed the number of virus cases is rising just because more tests are being done.
“I don’t even know what that means mathematically. Forget that,” Cuomo said.
“Your hospital beds are filling up. Do you know what that means when hospital beds fill up? It means more people are getting sick.”
Cuomo said that on Thursday, he’ll announce that New York state now has the lowest hospitalization rate since the pandemic hit.
“This is after three months of everyone working hard and doing the right thing and taking this seriously,” he said.
In Texas, Republican Governor Greg Abbott paused the state's reopening on Thursday days after he said Texans are seeing a "massive outbreak."
In the Republican-led state of Florida, the number of cases skyrocketed by 5,500 on Wednesday — a 25percent jump from the previous one-day record set last week.
Arizona, also a Republican state led by Governor Doug Ducey, has been reporting significant coronavirus numbers as hospitals growing increasingly crowded with COVID-19 patients.
According to researchers from Columbia University, at least 54,000 lives could have been saved if social distancing began just two weeks earlier amid the coronavirus outbreak.
More than 45,500 nursing home residents and staff across the US died from coronavirus outbreak at the long-term care facilities.
In New York alone, more than 6,000 people in those homes died.
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