WORLD New York completes first temporary hospital for coronavirus

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New York completes first temporary hospital for coronavirus

CGTN

08:44, March 28, 2020

The construction of the first temporary hospital in the U.S. state of New York was completed on Friday, according to the state's governor Andrew Cuomo.

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The first temporary hospital in the U.S. state of New York (Photo: CGTN)

The hospital, converted from Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, which usually hosts events, is now home to 1,000 hospital beds that will be used to treat patients infected with coronavirus.

It will start receiving patients next Monday.

Cuomo also said New York plans to build eight temporary hospitals to meet an expected surge in coronavirus patients.

Cuomo reiterated the state's goal to get to 140,000 hospital bed capacity from the current 53,000 available.

New York has at least 44,000 cases of coronavirus, the most in the U.S., according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, the number of U.S. coronavirus infections climbed above 100,000 on Friday, the highest number in the world.

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