New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that while shuttered businesses and coronavirus restrictions are hampering the economy and way of life, such measures are necessary to prevent a flareup of new cases.
"People need to get back to work. The state needs an economy. We cannot sustain this for a prolonged period of time. Everybody agrees," Cuomo said.
"But everybody will also say how you reopen is everything, because of the first point, which is we are now keeping down that rate of infection. And if you start acting differently, you will see a corresponding increase in that rate of infection," he said.
Cuomo also responded to criticism that he is being "hyper-cautious."
"Oh really? Go look at other countries that went through exactly this, started to reopen and then they saw the infection rate go back up again. So let's at least learn from past mistakes," he said.