We don’t want to take the air out of the balloon but we are sure all parties are assessing what the health specialist are advising and are taking precautions. According to Reuters, authorities in Wuhan have closed the city’s first makeshift hospital after discharging the last batch of 34 recovered coronavirus patients as the rate of infection in the city has dropped dramatically. Here’s the report on the Trump and Cuomo digital banter:
President Trump and Gov. Cuomo turned the coronavirus crisis into a political punching bag Monday, accusing each other of not doing enough to combat the fast-spreading pandemic.
After wrapping up a conference call with the nation’s 50 governors, Trump said the talk went “very well” but added one caveat.
“Cuomo of New York has to ‘do more,’” Trump tweeted without elaborating.
Cuomo was quick to punch back.
“I have to do more? No — YOU have to do something! You’re supposed to be the president,” the governor posted in response.
It was not immediately clear what prompted the social media beef, but Cuomo has repeatedly called on Trump to send in the Army Corps of Engineers to help turn military bases or college dorms in New York into temporary medical centers because the state’s hospitals may soon become overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.
Cuomo sent an open letter to Trump Sunday asking for assistance before the state’s hospitals are overrun.
“You will have people on gurneys in hallways,” Cuomo said during a press conference in Albany Monday morning. “That is what is going to happen now if we do nothing. That is what is going to happen now if we do nothing. And that, my friends, will be a tragedy.”
The governor announced Monday that bars, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and casinos across the state will be closed for the foreseeable future in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The regulations, also being enacted in neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut, are Cuomo’s attempt at a regional approach to combating the disease amid what he calls “a lack of federal direction.”
“I want federal guidance,” Cuomo said. “This is a national pandemic, but there are no national rules.”
- Denis Slattery and Chris Sommerfeldt