Amid the unprecedented outbreak of deadly coronavirus in the United States where New York is emerging as the new hotspot, a vast Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan will now be used as a field hospital. With the increasing number of coronavirus infections, the shortage of medical equipment along with hospital beds had started to hinder the treatment of COVID-19 patients. That is when the church authorities stepped-up to contribute “all Cathederal resources” to provide help to the city’s public health officials. As of April 7, coronavirus has taken 10,943 lives and infected 367,650 in the US.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Cathedral is in conversation with NYC institutions and agencies about providing space for beds and urgent medical care and pledging the use of all Cathedral resources to help support the city throughout this health crisis.— Cathedral of St. John the Divine (@StJohnDivineNYC) April 3, 2020
Meanwhile, during daily coronavirus task force briefing on April 6, United States President Donald Trump has claimed that White House is planning a “massive federal response” to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. As the death toll of coronavirus infections recently crossed 10,000 and US officials are raising concerns over the upcoming weeks being the “peak” of the pandemic, Trump touted the planning in the country and said that the response would not be “anything like the country has ever seen or done”.
“We have the best doctors, the best military leaders, and the best logistics professionals anywhere in the world,” President @realDonaldTrump said.— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 7, 2020
“And we’re orchestrating a massive federal response unlike anything our country has ever seen or done.” https://t.co/oW9aljnCf3
According to the official website of the White House, Donald Trump’s massive response includes a greater number of military deployment, delivery of medical equipment and other things. By April 7, the federal government of the US will deploy over 3,000 military and public health officials to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other parts that are hardest-hit by a coronavirus.
Moreover, within a week, the government has airlifted essential equipment and crucial supplies from “every corner of Earth”. Since last Sunday, the US claimed to have airlifted at least 300 million gloves, almost 8 million masks, and 3 million gowns. The White House is also delivering an additional 600,000 N95 masks to New York City to support the hospitals that currently battle the pandemic amid a shortage of medical equipment. In a few days, the US has not only tested nearly two million people of coronavirus but also delivered an additional 500 ventilators to New Jersey.