New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared Monday he is getting out of the projection "business," when asked when his state might reopen, admitting "we all failed."
"Now, people can speculate; people can guess: 'I think next week, I think two weeks, I think a month," Cuomo told reporters on Memorial Day. "I'm out of that business, because we all failed at that business. Right?
"All the early national experts: 'Here's my projection model; here's my projection model.' They were all wrong."
Cuomo pointed back to the data in the world epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic, saying there must be a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and deaths, but New York City is still going to be a difficult place to open up anytime soon.
"There are a lot of variables," Cuomo said. "I understand that. We didn't know what the social distancing would actually amount to. I get it, but we were all wrong
"So, I'm sort of out of the guessing business, right? We watched the numbers. We prepare as the numbers drop, so when the number actually hits the threshold, we're ready to go. We just finished that. We're in the midst of that with Long Island, Mid-Hudson region, etc. But . . . I don't want to guess."
New York state has 372,471 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 29,303 deaths, according to Worldometer. The cases are more than all but one other country in the world, Brazil. The deaths are more than all but two countries, the United Kingdom and Italy.
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