Chris Cuomo, brother of New York Governor, tests positive for coronavirus

Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor and brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

"In these difficult times that seem to get more difficult and complicated by the day, I just found out that I am positive for corona virus," he tweeted. "I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive and I had fever, chills and shortness of breath."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, right, is interviewed by his brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo.Credit:Screengrab/CNN

Cuomo has been quarantined in the basement of his home where continues to work, including anchoring Cuomo Prime Time. He was last at the network's offices on Friday, CNN reported.

The 49-year-old tweeted his concern about infecting his family, writing "that would make me feel worse than this illness!"

Cuomo's profile has risen even further during the coronavirus crisis, owing to his sometimes affectionate, sometimes prickly interviews with his brother, Andrew Cuomo. From his basement on Monday night, the CNN anchor kept pestering his governor brother about whether he'd ever consider running for president.

During his daily press briefing on Tuesday, Governor Cuomo said the state's two-part battle against the pandemic involved expanding healthcare capacity and making sure people stay home, prompting him to mention his younger brother's diagnosis.

"He is gonna be fine. He's young, in good shape, strong. Not as strong as he thinks. But he will be fine," Governor Cuomo said.

"But there's a lesson in this: He's an essential worker, a member of the press, so he's been out there. If you go out there, the chances you get infected are high."

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