A beautiful sight for many New Yorkers docked in the New York Harbor Monday morning. The navy hospital ship, USNS Comfort.
Its really discomforting, however, over thousands of people ignored the virus existed and the orders from Mayor to stay at home. Not only did they ignore those facts they were bunched together in crowds!
Reported by The Daily Mail:
Crowds gathered to watch the USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds for patients, arriving in New York City to alleviate the strain on the city's hospitals as it continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic - despite being warned to stay at home.
The ship arrived at New York Harbor on Monday morning. It will welcome patients who do not have coronavirus but who still need care in order to clear out the city's other hospitals for those who have tested positive for COVID-19.
It came as the death toll in New York City hit 790 and more than 36,000 cases were recorded. New York City is the epicenter of the virus in the US.
The USNS Comfort came to New York City after 9/11 to help care for some of the thousands wounded. That was also the last time the city saw as many makeshift morgues in the street to cope with the death toll of the virus.
On Monday, crowds gathered near Pier 90 to watch the Comfort arrive.
They gathered despite Mayor Bill de Blasio warning that he may start fining people $500 if they are seen breaking social distancing guidelines in public.
At a press conference on Monday, he said what was needed was 'battlefield medicine' and that Sunday, April 5, was 'D-Day'. He is asking for more help from the government by then.
I bet it was a sight to see in person but is it worth getting sick or worse making someone else sick that could die? Common sense is scarce these days.