New York Mobilizes Against Expected Onslaught From The Virus

Light traffic is seen on 42nd St. in New York's Times Square, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

(AP) – Just days after New York leaders ordered people to stay home, authorities are mobilizing to head off a potential public health disaster in the big city.

New York has emerged as the nation’s coronavirus hot spot. A makeshift morgue has been et up outside Bellevue Hospital, and the city’s police have been told to patrol nearly empty streets to enforce social distancing.

Public health officials are hunting down beds and medical equipment and putting out a call for more doctors and nurses for fear the number of sick will explode in a matter of weeks, overwhelming hospitals the way the virus did in Italy and Spain.

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