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Empty New York

Blog | By James Fletcher | Apr 30, 2020

The Phyllis and William Mack Pavilion hospital, Greenwich Village

As New York COVID deaths pass 18,000 (30 April 2020), hospitals workers are struggling with lack of PPE and staff shortages. They were supported by the navy’s hospital ship USNS Comfort with 1,000 bed capacity - and field hospitals in Central Park and the Javits Center.

One of the defining images is that every hospital has refrigerated lorries outside as makeshift morgues. Funeral homes are operating like production lines, such is the pressure on the system from excess COVID deaths. And, despite all this, well-wishers appear outside hospitals every evening at 7pm to appreciate our health professionals.