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New York Gov. Cuomo slams Trump & de Blasio timelines to reopen New York after coronavirus


GOVERNOR Andrew Cuomo slammed President Trump and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's timelines to reopen New York after the coronavirus crisis.

Cuomo told reporters he's "not going to guess" when New Yorkers can stop adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines as another 779 people passed away overnight during Thursday's press briefing.

Cuomo rubbished Trump's prediction that the country should be back in business by Easter and de Blasio's recent assertion that the restrictions could last until June.

"How can you say that?" Cuomo said, adding that even the expert predictions were off. "Who can look forward and say this is where we’re going to be?

"I have no idea. I don’t know if that curve goes up or down," he added. "We’ll know when we get there ... We look at the data every day."

"I’m telling you, the smartest person will start by saying I don’t know and that is to me the sign of wisdom."

The straight-talking governor was asked to comment on de Blasio's statement Thursday that social distancing guidelines may have to be tightened until June.

“April, we’re going to have to fight this fight the way we are now into May, that could be a lot of May in fact," he said.

"I would love it if some change could happen in May. But it may not be until June."

The news comes 18 days after Cuomo's PAUSE measure was put into effect, shuttering business and schools statewide.

He also pointed out that although it's been 39 days since the first COVID case emerged in NY and 80 days since was reported in the US, the state wasn't out of the woods yet.

Cuomo confirmed over 7,067 New Yorkers had died from coronavirus as of April 9 versus the 2,753 deaths that resulted in the September 11 terror attacks.

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