JUST THE NEWS: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is railing against residents who he says are irresponsibly getting together in large groups, threatening to unilaterally reimpose statewide restaurant closures if such get-togethers do not immediately cease.
The governor’s warning Monday came as cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 in the state have all effectively bottomed out, reaching three-month lows and showing no immediate signs of increasing.
What inspired the governor’s tirade wasn’t clear. The state’s coronavirus dashboard gives no indication that any of the key metrics of the COVID-19 pandemic — new infections, hospital admittances and fatalities — are on the rise. All three of those measures largely flatlined nearly two months ago. MORE