Cuomo calls on Trump to make face masks mandatory

NEW YORK (WCAX) New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday warned people from virus hot zones not to visit New York unless they plan to abide by the newly enacted 14-day quarantine.

Cuomo is laying blame for virus surges on the federal government, which he says has repeatedly downplayed the urgency of the pandemic and pushed for a quick reopening of state economies. He called on President Donald Trump to issue a nationwide executive order to wear masks and for Trump to put one on himself to set an example.

"How we're at this point as a nation, and we still haven't done the simple, easy, minimal step of saying, 'you must wear a mask when you are in public,'" Cuomo said.

Cuomo also displayed a large plastic foam mountain in the shape of the curve of coronavirus cases in the state. He has often referred to that data set as a "mountain" that New York has climbed. New York's long descent from the summit has reached the point where daily deaths are in the single digits.