On CNN Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) appeared on the show hosted by his brother Chris, to warn about the imminent catastrophe coronavirus will wreak on the health care system in his state.
“We have to engage this. We have to engage it fully,” said Cuomo. “This is a war. It’s a long-term war. This is not a few weeks. We have to get the American people set for it. They have to get the facts. They hear so much different information. They don’t know what to believe. It makes them for anxious rather than more confident.”
“I think the president is getting it. This has to be a national effort,” Cuomo continued. “There is no country that has done this that didn’t make it a national effort. China, South Korea, Italy. It’s the federal government that has to do this. You look at the national headlines today. Every state doing their own thing. Different cities doing their own thing. It’s confusing. It’s chaos. They don’t know which way to go. The federal government should come up, step in, and say, this is what we’re going to do. This is what we do in schools, this is what we do in businesses, here are the rules. And then the states can adjust the rules to their particular circumstances.”
“Second, what you said about capacity is exactly right,” added Cuomo. “They all talk about flattening the curve. Flattening the curve. I don’t see a curve. I see a wave. And the wave is going to break on the health care system and I am telling you, my little brother, it is going to be a tsunami. You take any numerical projections on any of the models and our health care system has no capacity to deal with it. We in New York have 3,000 ICU beds. We already use 60. We need multiples of that. You’re talking about thousands, because the people who are going to come in are the older people with the underlying illnesses, emphysema, heart disease, et cetera.”
“Let’s get ahead of it, and let’s bring in the Army Corps of Engineers, and let’s start building temporary medical facilities, because we know we’re going to need them,” he said emphatically. “As many as we produce.”
CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin suspended for exposing himself on staff Zoom call
CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin has been suspended from the New Yorker for exposing himself during a staff Zoom call, Vice's Motherboard reported.
"He exposed himself during a Zoom call last week between members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio," uncited sources told Motherboard.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera," Toobin told Motherboard in a statement. "I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers… I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”
Tucson mayor demands Trump pay his 2016 event rent bill before he returns with a super-spreader rally
Appearing on CNN on Monday morning Tucson Mayor Regina Romero said Donald Trump still owes her city payment covering security costs and rent from a previous visit to the city in 2016 and that he should pay up before holding a campaign rally that she said will likely cause the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking with host John Berman, the mayor explained that the city has been waiting on a check from the president or his campaign, and have been left holding the bag for rent, increased security and traffic control.
According to the mayor, a letter was sent to the president detailing conditions that need to be met before he appears there.
Senate Republicans are fed up with Trump’s ‘kook’ anti-mask doctor: report
On CNN Monday, White House correspondent John Harwood tore into President Donald Trump for relying on the medical advice of Dr. Scott Atlas to inform his COVID-19 health policy — and said that it all but shuts the door on crafting a cohesive national strategy that will be supported by his own allies in the Senate.
"In the context of the public health discussion, Scott Atlas is a kook," said Harwood. "He sent that tweet over the weekend suggesting that mask-wearing does not work, which was contradicted by Brett Giroir, a member of the task force, and contradicted by everyone who works in public health — contradicted, by the way, by Mitch McConnell, who has been a faithful proponent of mask-wearing and the merits of mask-wearing."