Source: Washington – Reuters
US officials are seeking to build hundreds of makeshift hospitals across the country, to accommodate thousands of new cases of the emerging coronavirus, after The United States recorded 575 deaths on Monday, The highest number of deaths from the virus in a single day.
Lieutenant-General Todd Simonite, commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers, said Tuesday that the weapon is looking for hotels, dormitories, conference centers and large open spaces to build up to 341 temporary hospitals.
The Corps of Engineers had converted a New York conference center to a 1,000-bed hospital within a week.
“The range is enormous … we are currently studying about 341 different facilities throughout the United States,” Simonite said in an interview with ABC News.
The number of confirmed cases in the United States increased to 20 thousand on Monday, which exceeded the number of hospitals that began to lack doctors, nurses, medical equipment and protective equipment.
The number of deaths exceeded 3,000, more than the number killed in the attacks of September 11, 2001, while the total number of injured exceeded 163 thousand, according to a Reuters count based on official data.
According to estimates by US officials, the total number of deaths from the epidemic may range between 100,000 and 200,000 cases in the United States.
On the other hand, he warned New York health officials From the fact that the crisis unfolding in the city is “just a show” for what will face other American cities and towns soon.
Nearly 80,000 nurses, former doctors and other professionals have volunteered to work in New York hospitals, as well A 1,000-bed navy medical ship arrived To relieve pressure on the city’s overcrowded hospitals.
In California, officials issued a similar invitation to medical volunteers, with the number of hospitalized people due to the Corona virus doubling in the past four days and the number of patients in intensive care tripling.