Cuomo: ‘We Underestimated This Virus’
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said COVID-19 is more powerful and more dangerous than anticipated.
On Tuesday, during his daily coronavirus briefing, Cuomo stressed the battle with the virus won't end soon.
"Everyone wants to know one thing, 'when is it over?' Nobody knows," Cuomo said. "It's not going to be soon."
Cuomo stressed he is tired of being behind the virus.
“We underestimated this virus. It’s more powerful and more dangerous than we anticipated," he said. "We have been behind this virus since day one."
Cuomo confirmed 75,000 coronavirus cases in New York. He also announced 1,550 New Yorkers have died from the virus, up from 1,218 people on Monday.
Once again, Cuomo said he's been told the peak of the virus is two to three weeks away.
"The main battle is at the apex. The main battle is at the top of the mountain The apex of the curve," he said. "We are still climbing up the mountain and we're not sure yet when we are going to get to the other side."
According to Cuomo, over 400 New Yorkers were hospitalized since Monday. There are now over 10,000 people from New York who have hospitalized. He stressed the need for the health care systems to function as a single unit, for public and private hospitals to work together.
“The distinction between private and public, that has to go," he said. "Upstate and downstate needs to end. New York is one state. "New York we stand together."