NY governor’s brother, a CNN reporter, tests positive for coronavirus
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NY governor’s brother, a CNN reporter, tests positive for coronavirus

Chris Cuomo vows to continue doing his show from the basement of his home, earns scolding from his brother for having their 88-year-old mother over two weeks ago

CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo at the WarnerMedia Upfront in New York, May 15, 2019. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
CNN news anchor Chris Cuomo at the WarnerMedia Upfront in New York, May 15, 2019. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s Chris Cuomo announced Tuesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus but promised to continue doing his prime-time show from the basement of his home.

Cuomo, who looked a little pale while doing his 9 p.m. Eastern show remotely Monday, said he’s had fever, chills and shortness of breath.

“I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina,” the 49-year-old newsman tweeted, in a reference to his wife.

Cuomo’s older brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been one of the most visible political figures during the pandemic, and appeared on his brother’s show via remote link on Monday.

The governor discussed his younger brother during his daily press briefing Tuesday morning, using it as a cautionary tale. He noted that he had scolded Chris for having their 88-year-old mother, Matilda, visiting Chris’ home two weeks ago.

“It’s my family, it’s your family, it’s all of our families,” he said. “This virus is so insidious, and we have to keep that in mind.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, left, gestures during a brief news conference as he stands beside Rear Adm. John B. Mustin as the USNS Comfort, a naval hospital ship with a 1,000 bed-capacity, pulls into Pier 90, March 30, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Chris Cuomo noted that he’d been exposed in recent days to people who subsequently tested positive.

“We will all beat this by being smart and tough and united,” he tweeted.

Some competitors, including Joy Reid and Ali Velshi of MSNBC, quickly sent along best wishes to Cuomo through social media.

Andrew, 62, and Chris are both sons of the late New York governor Mario Cuomo, and that teasing big brother-little brother dynamic often enlivens their appearances together. The governor called him his best friend.

“He is going to be fine,” he said. “He’s young, in good shape, strong — not as strong as he thinks he is, but he will be fine.”

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