New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo described the coronavirus as the "European virus" throughout his Monday press briefing.
"When we started this, yes, we had more cases than anyone else," Cuomo said. "Yes, we had this European virus attack us and nobody expected it."
Approximately one-third of the way through his briefing, Cuomo presented a claim that the virus had invaded New York from Europe rather than Wuhan, China:
"We had the virus that attacked us from Europe. The... experts now say the virus came from Europe [in] January and February. And you know what, no one knew. No one knew," Cuomo said. "With all the sophistication, with all the public health organizations, with that whole alphabet soup of agencies, nobody knew the virus was coming from Europe. Everybody's looking at China and the virus is coming from Europe."