“When we started this, yes, we had more cases than anyone else,” Cuomo said. “Yes, we had this European virus attack us and nobody expected it. But we’re not only going to change our trajectory, we’re going to change the trajectory more dramatically than any place else in the nation.”
“We had the virus that attacked us from Europe. The virus was coming, they now say, the experts now say the virus came from Europe January and February. And you know what, no one knew. No one knew. With all the sophistication, with all the public health organizations, with that whole alphabet soup of agencies, nobody knew the virus was coming from Europe. Everybody’s looking at China and the virus is coming from Europe,” Cuomo explained.
Cuomo added, “By the time we moved, the virus had travelled from China to Europe. And then, people are getting on flights from Europe coming to New York, 2 million travellers, 2 million travellers came from Europe. We had no idea.”
Last month, the Governor cited Northeastern University researchers who found Italy to be the likely source of New York’s cases, which Cuomo used to criticize President Donald Trump for failing to institute a China travel ban early enough, arguing that “the horse had already left the barn,” he said. The Trump administration banned travel from China on January 31.
“We closed the front door with the China travel ban, which was right,” Cuomo told reporters at the time. “But we left the back door open because the virus had left China by the time we did the China travel ban.”
China’s Communist government, however, received Cuomo’s praise for its global response to the pandemic in donating 1,000 ventilators for patients suffering from the virus throughout New York last month.
Cuomo has failed to recognize any mishandling of the virus from its home country, China. And the reason the virus spread to other countries is because of the Chinese government’s very own inaction and, what some argue, including top U.S. officials, coverup.
The city of Wuhan, where the virus first began, was shut down on January 23 after millions of residents had already left the area, some to travel abroad. It was likely months after the government knew about the virus and its severity, according to reports.