Cuomo Wishes He Had Acted Sooner On COVID-19 Pandemic

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) speaks at a press conference in New York on March 30, 2020. (Photo by John Lamparski/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
April 28, 2020 9:27 a.m.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) expressed regret on Monday that he and other leaders across the world hadn’t responded to the COVID-19 virus more quickly when it began emerging in China at the end of 2019.

“When we heard in December that China had a virus problem, and China said basically, ‘It was under control, don’t worry,’ we should’ve worried,” Cuomo told Axios reporter Jonathan Swan in a Monday evening broadcast.

The governor, whose state has by far the highest number of COVID-19 cases, asserted that the rest of the world should have verified China’s claim back then and discovered that it was a much bigger problem than the country let on.

“I wish someone stood up and blew the bugle,” Cuomo said. “And if no one was going to blow the bugle, I would feel much better if I was a bugle blower last December and January.”

“Even though no one danced to the music, I would feel better sitting here today saying, ‘I blew the bugle about Wuhan province in January,'” he continued. “I can’t say that.”

Watch Cuomo below:

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