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The United States Navy 'Comfort' hospital ship has arrived in New York today to help fight the coronavirus. The 'Comfort' has 750 beds, 1,200 medical professionals, and two operating rooms , and will focus on offering assistance to people who do not have coronavirus . New York hospitals will collapse in about a week, according to estimates by local authorities. The city's mayor, Bill de Blasio , has described the arrival of the ship as "a ray of hope."

On Sunday, the so-called East Prairie, an area of ​​the famous Central Park located next to the Upper East Side of Manhattan - the most exclusive area of ​​the city - was converted into a makeshift hospital with the erection of a series of tents with 68 beds to care for the sick. The field hospital is very close to Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the most famous and important in the city and in the United States. The week, photos of the Hospital nurses posing in handmade isolation suits with garbage bags appeared on social networks. The center's management has denied, in statements to the media, that these photos correspond to reality.

New York already accumulates between 776 and 896 deaths from the coronavirus , according to estimates by Johns Hopkins University, which represents approximately a third of the total for the entire United States. The City Council today announced fines of between 350 and 500 dollars (from 225 to 450 euros) for those who violate the isolation and separation measures.

Samaritan's Purse Field Hospital in Central Park.ALEKSANDRA MICHALSKAREUTERS

Meanwhile, the contagions continue and, with them, the fear of a humanitarian crisis of enormous proportions . Yesterday, Anthony Fauci, one of the leaders of the White House-activated Coronavirus Response Force claimed that Covid-19 will cause between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths in the United States , today, the director of that group, Deborah Birx, has declared that this country will suffer 200,000 deaths "if we do things perfectly".

Otherwise, between 1.6 and 2.2 million Americans will die . But that is the rank that both Birx and Fauci have given to the worst case scenario , assuming that the US did absolutely nothing and bet on "herd immunity" (literally, "herd immunity"), that is, leaving Let the disease run its course without adopting stockings that disrupt daily life.

In his interview, on the morning television program 'Today' on NBC, Birx explained that situation, although without going into details, stating that the forecast of between 100,000 and 200,000 deaths would occur " if 100% of Americans They do exactly what is required of them , but I am not sure that the entire US is reacting in a uniform way to protect each other. " Birx explained the geometric progression of the number of infections, stating that "we all understand how you can go from 50 cases to 500 and from 500 to 5,000 ". Right now, the US has confirmed 144,672 'positives', the highest number in the world, with 2,612 deaths, the sixth highest number, after Italy, Spain, China, Iran and France.

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