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US Navy ship Mercy sets sail from San Diego to Los Angeles amid pandemic

Aerial view of the Hospital ship USNS Mercy docked at Naval Base San Diego on March 20, 2020 in San Diego, California. (AFP photo)

The first of two US military hospital ships was dispatched on Monday (March 23) to boost hospital bed capacity as the number of US coronavirus cases swells.

The US Naval Ship Mercy departed San Diego with nearly 900 staff on board to take on non-coronavirus patients and allow local personnel to manage those on shore with the virus, the Pentagon said in statement.

President Donald Trump on Sunday (March 22) said the Mercy would be dispatched to Los Angeles while the USNS Comfort would go to New York.

The Mercy is expected to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles later in the week.

(Source: Reuters)

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