Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor, has tested positive for the coronavirus and is quarantining in the basement of his New York home.
“I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive, and I had fever, chills, and shortness of breath,” Cuomo wrote in a statement on Twitter:
In his speech, Cuomo said that he would continue anchoring his CNN program, Cuomo Prime Time, from home. His most recent broadcast was an interview with Andrew from his basement, during which the brothers engaged in some lighthearted teasing: “Where are you, physically?” Andrew asked, laughing when Chris confirmed he was in his basement, and responding, “Well, you’ve spent much time there, right? [Chris’s wife] Cristina says she sends you there a lot.”
The Cuomos went viral in mid-March for playfully fighting live on air about which of them was their mother’s favourite child, but Andrew became uncharacteristically serious about his brother in a press conference on Tuesday, calling Chris a “sweet, beautiful guy” and his “best friend.” “He is going to be fine,” Andrew said of his brother on Tuesday, adding jokingly, “He’s young, in good shape, strong—not as strong as he thinks—but he will be fine.”
It was a brief moment of levity for the governor, who confirmed in his daily press conference from Albany that New York had confirmed 172,196 cases of COVID-19 and that the state would officially open a Central Park field hospital to treat the sick.
A veteran news personality who joined CNN in 2013, Mr. Cuomo — the youngest child of Mario M. Cuomo, the former New York governor — is one of the most prominent members of the American media to learn he had the virus so far.
His program, “Cuomo Prime Time,” is a linchpin of CNN’s coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, and he has conducted several remote interviews with his brother on the governor’s efforts to combat the outbreak in New York.
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