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NY Gov. Cuomo Rips Republican Governors for Reopening Too Quickly

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

By    |   Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:13 PM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted Republican governors he accused of playing politics with the virus and losing as coronavirus cases rise in states like Florida, Arizona and Texas.

During a Thursday appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Cuomo told host Alisyn Camerota he was lambasted for closing down the state. But, he said the move has paid off.

Now, he said New York has one of the “lowest infections rates in the U.S.”

“The people of New York sacrificed for the past 3 months, they closed down, they wear masks, they socially distance,” he said. “We have the virus under control and we don’t want to see it go up again.”

He said that is why he and other tri-state area governors imposed a 14-day mandatory quarantine for travelers entering their states from virus hot spots.

At the beginning of the outbreak, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis imposed a mandatory quarantine on visitors entering the Sunshine state from New York. At the time, New York was the virus epicenter averaging close to 10,000 new cases per day in late March and early April, CNN reports. 

Camerota played a clip of the Republican governor saying the “New York media was blowing a gasket,” over Florida’s imposed quarantine.

Now, Florida’s cases have spiked weeks after the state began to reopen. On Wednesday, the state logged more than 5,500 new cases.

Cuomo ripped DeSantis and other Republican governors for reopening too soon and not taking the virus seriously enough.

“I say to them all: Look at the numbers,” Cuomo said of Republican governors. “You played politics with this virus and you lost. You told the people of your state, and you told the people of this country, White House, ‘Don’t worry about it. Just open up, go about your business, this is all Democratic hyperbole.’ Oh, really? 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. And they were in denial, and denial is not a life strategy.”

He then announced that New York’s hospitalizations are at their lowest since the outbreak. He said there were under 1,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations on Thursday.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted Republican governors he accused of playing politics with the virus and losing as coronavirus cases rise in states like Florida, Arizona and Texas.
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