New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stressed that the public must learn its lesson from the current pandemic because “it will happen again.”
“Bank on it,” Cuomo said.
The governor said although there were travel restrictions implemented for China in the U.S., there were still flights coming from Europe between January and mid-March, where researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai believe the New York outbreak originated.
“We closed the front door with the China travel ban … but left the back door open,” Cuomo said.
“So the lesson? An outbreak anywhere is an outbreak everywhere,” he added.
Cuomo also gave his daily update on hospitalizations and ICU admittances, which he said were both down.
“All of the evidence suggests that we are on the downside of the curve and headed down,” Cuomo said.
The state’s stay-at-home order is expected to end in three weeks. When a reporter asked when the governor would make a decision on whether or not to keep the schools closed, Cuomo said a decision would be announced in a week.