Gov Andrew Cuomo has insisted that President
During a press conference on Sunday afternoon, Cuomo said that he supports the president’s decision but assured New Yorkers that: ‘This is not a lockdown.’
Trump had initially considered ordering a quarantine for the coronavirus hotspots of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, but abandoned that idea Saturday night.
The president announced in a tweet that the quarantine would not go ahead and a travel advisory would be issued instead. The travel advisory urges residents of the tri-state area to immediately avoid any nonessential travel for two weeks.
‘I know we feel under attack. Yes, New York is the epicenter and these are different times and many people are frightened,’ Cuomo said, referring to the travel restrictions and Rhode Island’s dramatic tactics of pulling over drivers with New York plates.
‘But look this is New York, we have made it through far greater things. We are going to be okay. We specialize in stamina in strength and instability. We are strong, we have endurance and we have stability,’ Cuomo said.
Gov Andrew Cuomo has insisted that President Donald Trump’s travel restrictions change nothing for the Empire State as he orders New York’s non-essential workers to stay in place for another two weeks as cases rise by more than 7,000 overnight and the death toll hits 965
The governor then gave a run-down of the state’s number of confirmed cases. The governor said the state now has more than 59,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with 8,000 hospitalized and 2,000 people in ICUs
‘We know what we’re doing. We have a plan and any obstacle that we come across we will handle it,’ Cuomo said, adding that ‘there is no state in the nation that is better prepared’ than New York.
‘New York is going to have what it needs and no one is going to attack New York unfairly and no one is going to deprive New York of what it needs.’
The governor then gave a run-down of the state’s number of confirmed cases. He said health officials conducted 16,000 tests Saturday night, bringing the total tests to 172,000, the most in the US.
The governor said the state now has more than 59,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with 8,000 hospitalized and 2,000 people in ICUs.
‘I don’t think you look at those numbers and conclude that nothing less than thousands of people will pass away,’ Cuomo said.
Cuomo said the US Navy hospital ship, the Comfort, will be in New York on Monday.
The US leads the world in reported cases with more than 125,000. There were more than 2,100 deaths recorded by Sunday afternoon.
All 50 states have reported some cases of the virus but New York has the most, with more than 59,000 positive tests for the illness.