“Coronavirus came to New York from Europe, not China“
One of every five New York City residents tested positive for antibodies to the coronavirus, according to preliminary results described by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo that suggested that the virus had spread far more widely than known.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pointed to research showing that strains of the novel coronavirus entered his state from Europe, not China, and said that travel bans enacted by US President Donald Trump were too late to halt its spread.
Cuomo cited research from Northeastern University estimating that more than 10,000 New Yorkers may have contracted the disease by the time the state had its first confirmed case on March 1. He said he believed Italy was the likely source.
Cuomo said he believed Italy was the likely source.
New York State has been hit the hardest by COVID-19 in the United States.
Cuomo added that travel bans enacted by President Donald Trump were too late to halt the virus’ spread in the country.
The governor noted that Trump ordered a ban on travel from China on February 2, more than a month after news reports had emerged about an outbreak in the city of Wuhan, and decided to restrict travel from Europe the following month. By that time, the virus had spread widely in the United States, he said.
“We closed the front door with the China travel ban, which was right,” Cuomo told a briefing. “But we left the back door open because the virus had left China by the time we did the China travel ban.”
furthermore,the governor said it was too early to reopen his state, which is in lockdown until at least May 15. He said the three-day rolling average for people newly admitted for Covid-19 was holding stubbornly around 1,300 per day, a worrisome sign.
But on a positive note, he said hospitalisations for Covid-19 around 263,000 in New York , declining for the 10th straight day. He reported 15,740 deaths.
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