Andrew Cuomo on coronavirus fight: 'You don't win playing catch-up'

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoNew York curfew moved up to 8 pm Rudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio Amash readying legislation allowing victims to sue officers MORE (D) on Tuesday urged the U.S. to "get ahead of" the coronavirus, saying the outbreak won't be defeated by "playing catch-up."

Speaking at his daily press conference, Cuomo said the country has been slow to react to the spreading disease.

"I am tired of being behind this virus. We've been behind this virus from day one," Cuomo said. "The virus was in China; we knew it was in China. ... You don't win playing catch-up. You have to get ahead of it."


In the press conference, Cuomo confirmed that his brother, CNN host Chris CuomoChristopher (Chris) Charles CuomoCNN's Cuomo reports 'funky stuff' in his blood work after COVID-19 recovery CNN's Cuomo pulls out massive cotton swab to tease brother after live COVID-19 test Owner says he did not report crime after video shows man on property in neighborhood where Ahmaud Arbery was killed MORE, had tested positive for the virus. The governor called the virus "the great equalizer."

"Everyone is subject to this virus," Andrew Cuomo said. "I don't care how smart, how rich, how powerful you think you are."

In a tweet, the governor said it's unclear when social distancing restrictions would be lifted.


"We are still climbing up the mountain and we're not sure yet when we are going to get to the other side," he tweeted.

New York is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., with more than 75,000 confirmed cases and a death toll of 1,500, according to The New York Times.