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Chris Cuomo: CNN anchor diagnosed with coronavirus

The anchor, and brother of the governor of New York, will continue to broadcast his nightly show from his basement, where he is currently quarantined

Oliver O'Connell
New York
Tuesday 31 March 2020 18:23 BST
Gov Cuomo confirms his brother Chris has coronavirus

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been diagnosed with the coronavirus.

“I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath,” he tweeted on Tuesday.

“I just hope I didn’t give it to the kids and Cristina,” he added. “That would make me feel worse than this illness!”

Mr Cuomo is quarantined at home in his basement and will anchor his 9pm CNN show, Cuomo Prime Time, from there.

His brother, New York governor Andrew Cuomo, confirmed the news in his daily briefing.

“I don’t care how smart, how rich, how powerful you think you are ... this virus is the great equaliser. My brother Chris is positive for coronavirus ... he’s gonna be fine. He’s young, in good shape, strong — not as strong as he thinks — but he’s gonna be fine,” the governor said, unable to resist a friendly dig at his brother.

Governor Cuomo appeared on Mr Cuomo’s show on Monday evening, remotely, and his younger brother was already broadcasting from his home’s basement — he was last at CNN’s Hudson Yards offices on Friday.

Their wide-ranging Monday night interview included the older Cuomo brother denying he had any plans to run for president.

The governor said that he spoke with his brother on Tuesday morning. ”Now he’s quarantined in the basement,” the governor said. “But he’s funny as hell, he says to me, ‘Even the dogs won’t come downstairs’.”

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