Trump sees USNS Comfort off as it departs for New York

Trump sees USNS Comfort off as it departs for New York
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrat calls on White House to withdraw ambassador to Belarus nominee TikTok collected data from mobile devices to track Android users: report Peterson wins Minnesota House primary in crucial swing district MORE on Saturday saw the USNS Comfort off as it departed Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia for New York City, where it will serve as an emergency hospital for the city's coronavirus patients. 

"Our country is at war with an invisible enemy," Trump said, referring to COVID-19. "We are marshaling the full power of the American nation ... to vanquish the virus, and we will do that." 

Trump also referred to the ship as a "70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York."


The ship will be able to house 1,000 patients and is one of several emergency hospitals New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCalifornia Dems back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup New York may be undercounting coronavirus deaths in nursing homes: AP Cuomo calls on NYPD to 'step up' in enforcing coronavirus regulations at bars MORE (D) has been working to set up before the virus reaches its apex in the Empire State. 

The governor said on Saturday that there are 52,318 confirmed coronavirus cases in New York, including 7,681 new cases. At least 728 people in the state have died because of the virus.

Cuomo reiterated that the apex could occur in 14 to 21 days. At that time, New York would need an estimated 140,000 hospital beds and 40,000 ICU beds. Cuomo has also predicted that the state will need between 30,000 and 40,000 respirators, an estimate the state is currently well short of.