‘Nobody can tell you when this will end’: Gov. Cuomo compares the coronavirus pandemic to 9/11 because ‘one moment changed everything’ and warns of toll of panic as he reveals 1,769 new cases meaning New York State has the most cases in the US

Thursday, March 19, 2020
By Paul Martin

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19 March 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday compared the coronavirus pandemic to 9/11 because ‘one moment changed everything’.

Testing in the state shows that 4,152 people now have the disease. As of Thursday there were 1,769 new cases in New York State, an increase as a result of more testing Cuomo said. A total of 22,284 have been tested in the state.

Speaking to the press Thursday morning Gov. Cuomo ordered 75 per cent of non essential workers to now stay at home. That was up from 50 per cent Wednesday.

Cuomo also announced mortgage payments would be waived for 90 days for those in financial difficulties.

New York City now has 2,469 confirmed cases, up from 1,339 Wednesday. New York State has the most cases in the United States with 777 patients hospitalized; more than 100 have recovered.

‘Why are you seeing the numbers go up?’ Cuomo asked at a news conference. ‘Because you are taking more tests.’

Comparing the pandemic to September 11, 2001, when more than 3,000 people lost their lives in a terror attack, Cuomo said the coronavirus ‘came out of the blue’ and ‘changed your perspective on the world safety’.

Warning younger people to stay home, he added: ‘It’s a moment that changes your whole life. The stress, the emotion is just incredible and rightly so.

‘It reminds me of 9/11 where one moment which was inconceivable changed everything. It is hard living your life when there is a question mark that big. It’s not just you, it has changed everything.’

Joined by his daughter, Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo, 22, the governor urged youngsters to take spread of the disease seriously and practice social distancing.

He said: ‘These pictures of people on beaches, these videos of young people saying, ‘This is my spring break, I’m out to party’. This is so unintelligent and reckless. I can’t even begin to express it.’

‘We now have misinformation and irrational conversations. Lets just take a deep breathe and make sure we are acting on facts and not fear’, he added.

The governor said 8,000 tests for the virus were performed in New York overnight and he expects the number of confirmed cases to go up exponentially.

But he stressed that roadblocks and martial law for New York City were merely rumors.

‘Shelter in place is a scary term for people, especially when they don’t know what it means’, Cuomo said, adding, ‘I believe communication is important, and I believe words are important. Say what you mean and don’t say what might alarm people.’

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