Coronavirus US: Andrew Cuomo slams federal response
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday fuming over the federal response to the pandemic
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday slammed the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as the ‘worst government blunder in modern history’ and said states like Florida and Texas were foolish to follow the advice coming from the Trump administration.
At a press conference where he called on New Yorkers to continue social distancing and wearing masks, he pointed to how the numbers had turned around in his state while others are growing elsewhere.
Experts predict there will be another 30,000 deaths in the US by the end of August. To date, more than 150,000 have died and there have been more than 4million cases.
Both Florida and Texas are seeing a rise in coronavirus cases and deaths, whereas New York’s numbers have been holding steady for several weeks now after slow but significant decline since May.
Since the start of summer, there have been large gatherings of people on lakes, in boats and on beaches, despite advice from the CDC to avoid crowds.
There has been no national mandate to wear masks – something Cuomo called for – and from the beginning, states have been tasked with making their own decisions when it comes to containing the virus.
Cuomo also claimed the rest of the country was ‘in denial’ about what happened in New York City, the epicenter of the virus in April, and did not believe it would impact them in the same way.
New York’s coronavirus numbers peaked in April and have been slowly declining since then
The number of cases across the US is currently spiking and another 30,000 deaths are predicted
‘This was the worst government blunder in modern history. It was a mistake to deny the reality that happened in New York,’ he said.
On Twitter, he went on: ‘The national COVID response was a historic and colossal blunder by the federal government.
‘Six months and this virus is still out of control around the country. Six months wasted,’ he said.
It came as Dr. Deborah Brix, one of the members of the White House coronavirus task force, said there was ‘extraordinary spread’ across the country.
Cuomo fumed that it was ‘entirely predictable’.
200 boats filled with people showed up for the 10th White Trash Bash in East Peoria, Illinois
None of those gathered were seen to be wearing masks or sticking to any social distancing
Florida reported 7,104 new cases on Sunday. Cases have been trending downwards since peaking in mid-July. Deaths have been trending upwards across the state with 62 new deaths reported on Sunday
Texas recorded 9,539 new cases on Saturday with infections trending downwards in the latter half of July. Deaths in the state surged to record highs last week
‘If the new phase is extensive spread, what was the old phase? That was limited phase what we went through.
‘It was entirely predictable. It’s exponential increase which is what a virus does. It is the exponential pyramid of viral spread. It was a mathematical equation,’ he said.
In the state of New York, there were three deaths on Sunday.
At the peak of the pandemic, nearly 800 people were dying in the state every day.
New York’s coronavirus response has been far harsher than other states and Cuomo has been criticized for many components of it.
Recently, he has begun forcing bars to sell food to outdoor diners or risk being shut down.
His reasoning for it is that people who are looking to ‘party’ and gather in large groups will be deterred by having to order food.
Restaurants across New York City have responded by offering $1 menus.
Data map shows 60% of US counties are seeing an ‘uncontrollable spread’ of COVID-19 cases – as Dr Deborah Birx warns infections are ‘extraordinarily widespread’ in cities and rural areas
Sixty per cent of counties across the United States are now seeing an uncontrollable spread of COVID-19 infections, a data map shows – as Dr Deborah Birx warns cases are ‘extraordinarily widespread’ across the country.
The data map, which was compiled by spatial analytics company Esri, shows that almost every state across the country has at least one county experiencing an ‘epidemic trend’, or uncontrollable spread, of coronavirus cases.
Of the 3,141 US counties, 1,918 are currently experiencing an epidemic outbreak, according to the data.
Every state has counties – 807 in total across the country – that are seeing spreading trends, which is an outbreak that could still be controlled if preventative measures are taken.
Arizona, Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, South Carolina, North Carolina, Delaware and Maryland are only seeing epidemic or spreading trends, the data shows.
Even though deaths are rising across the US, they remain well below levels seen in April when an average of 2,000 people a day were dying from the virus
The number of cases have been trending downwards after reaching daily peaks in mid-July in mostly Sunbelt states including Texas, Arizona, California and Florida
The only three states that do not have an uncontrollable spread are in the far Northeast, including Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Currently, the number of infections across the country has surpassed 4.66 million and more than 154,000 Americans have died from the virus.
Dr Deborah Birx, the head of the White House coronavirus task force, warned on Sunday that the US had reached a new phase of the outbreak with infections ‘extraordinarily widespread’ in rural areas as well as cities.
As coronavirus cases continue to surge across much of the country, public health officials are trying to work with governors to tailor responses for each state.
‘We are in a new phase,’ Birx told CNN’s State of the Union. ‘What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread.’
Dr Deborah Birx, the head of the White House coronavirus task force, warned on Sunday that the US had reached a new phase of the outbreak with infections ‘extraordinarily widespread’ in rural areas as well as cities
Birx warned that people living in multi-generational households in an area that is experiencing an outbreak should wear masks inside the home to protect the elderly or those with underlying conditions.
She said federal officials have been working on individual reports for each state by examining community trends and hospital records.
‘Each of these responses have to be dramatically tailored,’ she said, adding that what she had witnessed visiting 14 states over the last three weeks gave her cause of concern.
‘As I traveled around the country, I saw all of America moving,’ Birx said. ‘If you have chosen to go on vacation into a hot spot, you really need to come back and protect those with comorbidities and assume you’re infected.
Meanwhile, Admiral Brett Giroir, an assistant Health and Human Services secretary, continued to stress the importance of wearing masks.
‘If we don’t do that, and if we don’t limit the indoor crowded spaces, the virus will continue to run,’ he told NBC’s Meet the Press.
‘We are very concerned and this is a very serious point.’
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