New York governor Cuomo Trump's coronavirus response is "the virus of American division and federal incompetence"
New York governor Andrew Cuomo attacked president Donald Trump's coronavirus response on Thursday, calling the pandemic in the United States "the virus of American division and federal incompetence.".
"It's going to be a double barreled shot," Cuomo told reporters at a news conference in Albany“ Do you know which virus is more serious than covid? The virus of American division and federal incompetence. It's a virus that's causing serious damage to the country. "
Cuomo pointed out that a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and prevention of the United States said that this proves one of his long-standing claims: the coronavirus came to New York, which was once the center of global outbreaks, mainly from Europe rather than China.
The report studied 544 samples collected by the New York City Department of health and mental health in March and found that 6.6% of the samples tested positive for covid-19.
CDC identified most of the covid-19 positive samples through gene sequencing, which are similar to those circulating in Europe. "It is suggested that sars-cov-2 be introduced from Europe, other parts of the United States, and local samples be introduced from New York.".
"It's too late for the president to issue a travel ban on China because the virus has left China and entered Europe," Cuomo said“ By March 13, when they banned travel to Europe, it was too late. The virus is in New York; It's been in New York for weeks
Cuomo said that during the period from February 6 to March 16, the authorities believed that the virus came from Europe and spread through New York. More than 2700 flights from Europe landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City, and nearly 1200 sorties landed at Newark Freedom International Airport.
"The failure to represent the federal government is terrible because it's their job," he said“ The country's public health system is monitored and managed by the federal government. Their job is to monitor possible global epidemics. "
New York City is due to begin its fourth phase of reopening on Monday, which will allow shopping centers and cultural institutions to reopen, but indoor operations will remain closed. At a news conference earlier on Thursday, Cuomo said he was tightening the law as the state was preparing for a second wave of coronavirus infections from states with outbreaks in the West and south.
"They failed. They failed. The virus spread to New York, and Americans lost their lives because of the failure of the government. "“ They're still failing, they're still not following science. "