New York state will inevitably experience an uptick in COVID-19 cases soon because of the virus' surge in the rest of the country, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
"I'll tell you what's going to happen, and you can mark your calendar on this: You're going to see our numbers and the Northeast numbers probably start to increase because the virus that you see now in the south and the west, California has real trouble, it's going to come back here. It is going to come back here," he said during an interview with WAMC Northeast Public Radio in Albany. "It's like being on a merry-go-round. It's totally predictable. And we're going to go through an increase. I can feel it coming. And it is so unnecessary, and so cruel."
While the state is bound to experience a rise in cases, it's unknown how severe that increase will be, he said.
"It rises up in the other states and then is going to come back here from the other states. That's what's going to happen. The only question is how far up our rate goes. But you can't have it all across the country and not come back. You think nobody's coming here from California and these states? Come on."
And when asked if there is way to stop the expected uptick, Cuomo said, "I don't think so. Look, we're doing everything we can. The quarantine, we have an enforcement mechanism. But, you know, how do you catch somebody driving in, right? I mean, it's very very difficult, it's trying to catch water in a screen. And there's a certain inevitability to it."
He added, "It was in China, got on a plane, went to Europe, people in Europe got on a plane, came here. Then it went down south, down west, and it's going to come back."