- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is a Democrat, appears to be winning people over with his calm approach to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Cuomo was applauded by the nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Friday over new orders for 100% of the New York state’s non-essential workforce to stay home.
- Many people have also taken to social media to praise Cuomo, often contrasting his handling of coronavirus with President Donald Trump’s approach to the pandemic.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is being widely applauded for his composed response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo on Friday announced new measures to help combat the spread of the virus, including an order for all New Yorkers to generally stay indoors. He said New York is being put “on pause.”
“I will sign an Executive Order mandating that 100% of workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. This order excludes pharmacies, grocery stores, and others,” Cuomo said in a tweet.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top expert on infectious disease, applauded Cuomo in a White House press conference on Friday. Fauci, a native New Yorker, said he “strongly” supports Cuomo’s actions, and urged residents of the state to follow the governor’s directive.
“Please cooperate,” Fauci said.
As of Friday, New York has over 7,000 cases of the novel coronavirus, more than any other state in the nation.
Cuomo on Friday emphasised that the high number of cases in the state is linked to the increase in testing.
Given the scale of the outbreak in New York, the eyes of the nation turned to the state, and many have taken to social media to express gratitude for Cuomo’s approach.
Gov Cuomo has been communicating very effectively through this crisis
calm, candid, reasoned, empathetic
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) March 20, 2020
People will watch this @NYGovCuomo presser when they study crisis leadership – especially his remarks about misinformation being more dangerous than the virus
— Nicolle Wallace (@NicolleDWallace) March 19, 2020
Andrew Cuomo on here showing America how to execute in a time of crisis. Give the facts and lay out a plan of action or STFU. No Walmart, CVS, Target, Chuckie Cheese on the stage. This ain't show time. Government lead the way and with competence. That's what we pay taxes for.
— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) March 16, 2020
Cuomo’s response to the pandemic has also been juxtaposed to President Donald Trump’s bungled reaction.
NY Gov. Cuomo: “If you’re going to be mad at anybody, be mad at me.”
Donald Trump: “I don’t take responsibility at all.”
Can you spot the leader?
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) March 17, 2020
Cuomo, who is a Democrat, has clashed with President Donald Trump over getting more federal support to respond to coronavirus.
While Trump last week said he does not “take responsibility at all” for a shortage in test kits for the virus in the US, Cuomo on Friday said he takes full responsibility for his actions.
“I accept full responsibility. If someone is unhappy, if somebody wants to blame someone, or complain about someone, blame me. There is no one else who is responsible for this decision,” Cuomo said.