Apr 21, 2020 - Health

Cuomo says NYC no longer needs Navy hospital ship

A view of the USNS Comfort docked at Pier 90 in Manhattan
A view of the USNS Comfort docked at Pier 90 in Manhattan. Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on MSNBC Tuesday that New York City no longer needs the Navy ship USNS Comfort to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: The state, which has the most cases and deaths in the U.S., has seen a downward trend of daily hospitalizations, intubations and now deaths, a sign its social distancing measures are working. The ship provided nearly 1,000 extra beds to relieve the strain on the health care system.

  • President Trump said Tuesday the ship will return to port in Virginia to prepare for its next mission.

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