As the coronavirus outbreak continues to hammer New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, 49, announced he tested positive for Covid-19.
In a brief Twitter post, Chris Cuomo explained he came into contact with others that later tested positive.
Subsequently, his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, addressed his brother’s announcement in a briefing. “Everyone is subject to this virus,” he said during his Tuesday address. However, he added, in a lighthearted, brotherly-ribbing tone, “He’s young, in good shape, strong – not as strong as he thinks – but, he will be fine.”
The governor went on to mention how he advised his brother not to house their elderly mother. He used the family decision to illustrate the importance of social distancing during the pandemic. Had she remained with Chris, she might very well have contracted the disease, for which the elderly are most susceptible.
As a member of the press, Chris Cuomo’s job is considered essential. During his at-home quarantine, he intends to continue broadcasting his nightly show on CNN.
Chris Cuomo Among 9,298 New Cases
In addition to Chris Cuomo, another 9,298 cases were added to New York’s total case count from Monday morning to Tuesday morning. Furthermore, another 332 people died from the virus over the previous day. That brings total New York Covid-19 deaths to 1,550.
Total diagnosed case count for the state of New York rose 75,795. The total number of diagnosed cases in China, where the outbreak began, amounted to 81,518. While those numbers skew lower as a result of the number of likely untested infections, it demonstrates an alarming trend.
The US eclipsed China’s case count last week and presently totals over 180,000. Many blame the delayed response and initial dismissal from President Trump, who first acknowledged the threat in March.
The World Health Organization announced a public health emergency of international concern on January 30.
While New York faces the brunt of new cases in the US, the entire country continues to impose measures in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Health officials anticipate the peak coming within the next month.