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New York has been the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States. As of this writing, fully 27% of U.S. coronavirus deaths (30,401 out of 112,205 per worldometer) occurred in New York. If New York was its own country, it would be one of the hardest hit countries in the world per capita.
There is substantial evidence that, had New York state locked down sooner and enacted better policies surrounding nursing homes, the number of deaths could have been reduced significantly.
Nevertheless, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is currently patting himself on the back for how well his state handled the virus.
Uh, no Governor, you did not “flatten the curve.” You ruined the economy and let thousands of people die.
Bingo. If the media was remotely honest, the failures of Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would be front-page news.
Speaking of Mayor de Blasio, his city has seen a spike in coronavirus hospital admissions, from 48 on Thursday to 84 on Friday–but he’s not sure why.
From the New York Post:
“That’s a meaningful movement in one day. We’re going to keep a close eye on that,” said de Blasio.
“We do not see evidence that it’s related to everything that happened over the last few weeks because of the time it takes for the disease to manifest.”
The mayor said it would take a week to 10 days to see any manifestation of the coronavirus.
For those of you not keeping track at home, the protests in New York City began on May 28, eight days before Friday’s spike. We’re right in the middle of that “week to 10 days” window. I’m really struggling to understand de Blasio’s logic that the new cases mustn’t be related to the protests.
To recap: Cuomo and de Blasio massively fail in getting the coronavirus under control in New York. Cases are finally decreasing, and mass protests break out. A week later–right in the manifestation window–new coronavirus hospital admissions begin to spike, but Mayor de Blasio sees no correlation between the protests and the spike. Literally the next day, Governor Cuomo pats himself on the back for handling the virus so well.
Democratic leadership at it’s finest, y’all.