NEW YORK. –– The governor Andrew Cuomo gave a dire warning this Sunday as the tri-state area is about to reach 1 million cases of coronavirus.
“This is a dangerous period because there is an increase in social activity by definition,” Cuomo said of the time between now and New Year’s Eve. The governor said he expects coronavirus infections to continue to rise due to this increase.
“The only question is how much and how fast, and nobody knows,” Cuomo said. “It depends on how we act.”
Cuomo assured that there will be two points in which the virus will increase: From December 1 to 10, which is when the results of Thanksgiving weekend will arrive.
In addition, it says that from January 2 to 10 there will be another increase, as the results of the increase in social activity related to Christmas will be seen.
“We will know where we are from January 10-15,” Cuomo said.
The governor said that small social gatherings in private residences are the third biggest cause of the spread of the virus. Meetings have been limited to 10 people, according to state law.
If the infection rate rises, the governor warned that increased restrictions will slow the economy, hospitals will fill up and there will be many deaths.
The infection rate is currently less than 3%. Cuomo stressed that this is low since New York is the fourth state with the lowest infection rate in the country.
However, Cuomo said he wouldn’t be surprised to see the infection rate skyrocket to around 8%, 9% or 10% after the holiday season.
“It totally depends on what people do. I’m not going to guess and I don’t have a crystal ball, except to say be very, very careful,” Cuomo said.
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