Jay Cannon, USA TODAY Published 11:48 a.m. ET March 31, 2020 | Updated 1:03 p.m. ET March 31, 2020CLOSE A Navy hospital ship has arrived in New York City to help relieve the coronavirus crisis gripping the city’s hospitals. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the arrival of the USNS Comfort will “save the lives of New Yorkers in our hour of need.” (March 30) AP DomesticThe USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship equipped with 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms, arrived in New York City Monday as it hopes to ease the strain on area hospitals reeling from the coronavirus pandemic. The intention is that the ship will host non-coronavirus-related patients, freeing up resources at medical centers dealing with the outbreak. New York City rapidly emerged as the U.S. epicenter for the virus. As of Tuesday morning, the coronavirus death toll in the city was marked at 914, which represents more than a quarter of the U.S. death count of 3,170, per the Johns Hopkins coronavirus database.As a result, medical centers around the area are in dire need of more beds. The USNS Comfort should help with that. President Donald Trump said Saturday that beds “will be opened up all over the city,”

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