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Cuomo says second economic shutdown possible, but not inevitable in New York

Another shutdown? It’s possible, but not inevitable, says Governor Andrew Cuomo, who spoke on the TODAY Show about the future of New York and the U.S. amid the Coronavirus Pandemic.

“I don’t think it’s inevitable. I think we have to get smarter as a country. We have to get smarter as states,” Cuomo said in an interview with Willie Geist.

Hospitalizations are rising in New York, and some are worried about the rising COVID clusters as fall and winter approach.

“The experts have been warning all along that you should look for a rise in fall and winter as people come indoors,” Cuomo said in the interview. “In New York we’re doing something different.”

He reiterated his point made over the weekend that New York is in a good place, though, boasting an infection rate that’s below 1%. “It’s one of the lowest rates in all of America,” he said.


However, he aimed his concern at the federal government, who he says has not done enough.

“It’s incredible how little we have learned in seven months,” Cuomo said speaking to the federal response. As for that state response, he said it’s been effective and that’s why spread is limited at this time.

“We do more testing in a day, than most states do in a week, so we can identify clusters – and that’s what we’ve been doing.”

Click here to watch or listen to the entire interview.



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