Gov. Cuomo: travelers from Europe ‘brought the virus to New York’

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  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo throughout a press convention on Sunday mentioned vacationers from Europe “introduced the virus to New York.”
  • The state, Cuomo mentioned, “didn’t have the information” early on to point that the virus had already unfold to Europe.
  • Cuomo cited reporting from The Washington Post suggesting that President Trump’s European journey ban, which had been instituted in March, precipitated “one ultimate viral infusion” as Individuals fled a number of the preliminary pandemic epicenters outdoors of China, like Italy and Spain.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday mentioned that vacationers coming to the US from Europe had been in charge for spreading the virus broadly within the state within the preliminary days of its outbreak.

“Individuals got here from Europe to New York and to New Jersey and to Connecticut and three million European vacationers got here [to the US in] January, February, March earlier than we did the European journey ban and so they introduced the virus to New York,” Cuomo mentioned throughout a press conference Sunday.

Cuomo mentioned Europe had already turn out to be the epicenter of the outbreak by the point the US banned travel from the continent in mid-March, although individuals weren’t conscious on the time.

“All people mentioned the information had been the virus was coming from China, these weren’t the information. The virus had left China. The virus went to Europe and no person instructed us,” he mentioned.

“We did not have the information. We weren’t knowledgeable,” Cuomo mentioned, blaming New York’s early surge in COVID-19 circumstances on the dearth of correct knowledge about the place the virus was spreading.

He cited a report from The Washington Post revealed on Saturday that urged President Donald Trump’s announcement in March limiting journey from Europe — which initially excluded the UK and Eire — triggered a rush of Individuals who introduced the virus again residence with them once they fled the nation.

“Epidemiologists contend the U.S. outbreak was pushed overwhelmingly by viral strains from Europe quite than China,” the report learn. “Greater than 1.eight million vacationers entered america from Europe in February alone as that continent grew to become the middle of the pandemic. Infections reached important mass in New York and different cities properly earlier than the White Home took motion, in keeping with research mapping the virus’s unfold. The crush of vacationers triggered by Trump’s announcement solely added to that viral load.”

The New York Times reported in April that the virus was doubtless spreading in New York as early as mid-February and that a number of groups of epidemiologists discovered that many of the circumstances had been introduced from Europe quite than Asia.

Cuomo has urged as a lot beforehand, citing analysis in April that additionally reached the same conclusion, Reuters reported.

“We closed the entrance door with the China journey ban, which was proper,” Cuomo mentioned, in keeping with Reuters. “However we left the again door open as a result of the virus had left China by the point we did the China journey ban.”

The workplace of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo didn’t instantly reply to Enterprise Insider’s request for remark. 

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