NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg used commercial airwaves to deliver an address on the coronavirus outbreak Sunday night, less than an hour after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the first confirmed case in New York City.
The taped address, titled “Leadership in crisis,” aired around 8:30 p.m. during commercial breaks on CBS and NBC.
“I know this has been a very worrisome week for many Americans. The coronavirus is spreading, and the economy is taking a hit. Markets have fallen because of uncertainty,” Bloomberg said. “At times like this it is the job of the president to reassure the public that he or she is taking all the necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of every citizen.”
The Democratic presidential hopeful used the three-minute commercial to play up his ability to lead in a crisis.
“As the former mayor of New York City, I know it is critical that the federal government work in close partnership with state and local leaders who administer services and deploy first responders. That requires putting politics and partisanship aside,” he said.
Bloomberg has been critical of President Donald Trump’s response to the outbreak, which has killed at least 3,000 people worldwide.
In the United States, there are at least 60 confirmed cases. The first coronavirus-related deaths in the country were recorded in Seattle this weekend.
The woman who tested positive for coronavirus in New York City is in her late 30s and lives in Manhattan, according to the governor’s office. She recently traveled to Iran, which has seen an outbreak of over 970 confirmed cases and a death toll of 54.
The woman has been in a “controlled situation” since arriving in New York and is currently isolated in her home, state officials said.
There is one other patient in New York City awaiting test results for the coronavirus, according to city health officials.
This story comprises reporting from the Associated Press.