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Hospital ships and makeshift morgues: New York prepares for coronavirus peak

Issued on: 31/03/2020 – 18:29Modified: 31/03/2020 – 18:29

The US Navy hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, docked in New York Monday, while emergency care facilities and even a makeshift morgue have been set up around the city as it struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

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The ship, which set sail from Virginia on Saturday, has space for 1,000 beds and twelve operating rooms.

It will treat those requiring intensive care unrelated to the coronavirus to free up much-needed space in the citys hospitals for COVID-19 patients.

New York is at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the US with more than 33,000 confirmed cases.

Of more than 2,500 deaths in the country, nearly 800 have been in New York and the city is expecting a peak in cases in the next few weekRead More – Source

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