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

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (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 Cuomo, 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.

Tags Andrew Cuomo China Chris Cuomo CNN Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak Pandemic The New York Times

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