Undercounted death toll in New York prompts probe into Cuomo’s nursing home scandal

Fox News host Janice Dean says there needs to be a federal probe into the botched New York nursing home scandal under Andrew Cuomo’s leadership following new revelations his administration undercounted the state’s offical COVID death toll by 12,000.

"There are many things that this governor has to be investigated for and I want that to continue," Ms Dean told Fox News.

"But this new number of 12,000 that Kathy Hochul has put forward – I want a federal probe into this.

"The Biden administration decided not to go ahead with the DOJ investigation, not only into Governor Cuomo but the other governor’s who let covid positive patients into nursing homes.

"There seems to be a lot of covering up that I think needs to be looked at more closely."

Newly appointment New York Governor Kathy Hochul added an extra 12,000 to the state’s official death toll – bringing the total number to 55,400.

The undercounted deaths was another blow to Andrew Cuomo’s embattled leadership in the pandemic even after his resignation.

“The public deserves a clear, honest picture of what’s happening," Governor Hochul told the press.

"And that’s whether it’s good or bad, they need to know the truth. And that’s how we restore confidence."

It comes after a report in January carried out by New York Attorney General Letitia James showed 62 nursing homes in the state had underreported deaths by up to 50 per cent.

The report found the former governor allowed covid positive patients to return to their nursing homes, in turn infecting other residents.

The official count of COVID related deaths in nursing homes at the time of the report was around 8,000 but was predicted to be double.