Watershed Moment: NBC Reports ZERO New Cases of Coronavirus in New York on Tuesday

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A sign acknowledging the work of doctors and nurses is posted on a traffic control box outside Brooklyn Hospital Center, as a hospital worker, right, waits for a traffic light to change before reporting to duty, Sunday, April 5, 2020, in New York. The Brooklyn hospital is one of several in the area treating high numbers of coronavirus patients. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

 

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss the latest news out of his state. The Daily Caller’s Virginia Kruta reports that, as the Governor was speaking, “the numbers flashed on the screen then, attributed to NBC News: 196,583 CASES, 10,056 DEATHS, NO NEW CASES REPORTED TODAY.”

Co-host Willie Geist quoted Cuomo’s words from his briefing on Monday, “‘The worst is over if we continue to be smart.’ What did you mean by that message? I know the hospitalizations are down and that’s great news, but continuing to be smart means what from where you sit?”

“You’re exactly right, Willie. The caveat swallows the premise,” Cuomo answered. “The worst is over if we continue to do what we’re doing.” He explained:

The president’s projection. Peter Navarro’s projection, CDC’s projection, White House Coronavirus task force projection, then the Gates model, Columbia model, Cornell model. They were all wrong, and it’s good news, because we changed the trajectory of the virus. And we’ve proven something when I say the worst is over. We’ve proven that the virus is not unstoppable, right? There was a fear when we started that maybe you can’t stop this beast.

We proved you can stop the beast. That should be vindicating in some ways. But we stopped the beast by our action, and that’s why we reduced the curve and the infection rate. It’s all subject to what we do. If we go out there today and we start to see more people on the street, that infection rate will go up, I guarantee you, in three days. It’s a direct consequence of our actions.

The worst is over if we continue to do what we’re doing.

Next Cuomo said that all of the models had been wrong, because they failed to consider the effects of social distancing and quarantine. Some of the earlier models didn’t account for those measures but most of the later ones did. He told Geist:

The president’s projection. Peter Navarro’s projection, CDC’s projection, White House Coronavirus task force projection, then the Gates model, Columbia model, Cornell model. They were all wrong, and it’s good news, because we changed the trajectory of the virus. And we’ve proven something when I say the worst is over. We’ve proven that the virus is not unstoppable, right? There was a fear when we started that maybe you can’t stop this beast.

We proved you can stop the beast. That should be vindicating in some ways. But we stopped the beast by our action, and that’s why we reduced the curve and the infection rate. It’s all subject to what we do. If we go out there today and we start to see more people on the street, that infection rate will go up, I guarantee you, in three days. It’s a direct consequence of our actions.

Cuomo then went on to do what he does best, which is to bash Trump.

Regardless, none of those tested for the virus on Monday in the state of New York received a positive result and that’s great news.

(Note: Worldometers provides up-to-date coronavirus statistics by state. Here is the link.)

(Relevant portion starts at 4:20.)