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This is past a movie plot… the scale is unbelievable at U.S.

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Dr. Apurba Pandit, 28 March 2020:

The United States now has nearly 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and there have been 1,475 deaths, An increase of 345 deaths over the number reported 24 hours previously. The largest cluster of cases in the United States is in New York City, with 25,573 cases and 366 deaths

The worst-hit countries in terms of numbers of cases after the United States are Italy, China and Spain, according to Johns Hopkins.

US doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak pleaded for more equipment to treat a wave of new patients expected to swamp capacity, going so far as to ask President Donald Trump to invoke emergency powers.

Doctors have called attention to a desperate need for more ventilators, machines that help patients breathe and are widely needed for those suffering from COVID-19, the respiratory ailment caused by the novel coronavirus.

One emergency room doctor in Michigan, an emerging epicenter of the pandemic, said that he was using one paper face mask for an entire shift due to a shortage and that hospitals in the Detroit area would soon run out of ventilators. Organizations including the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association and the American Nurses Association have publicly urged Trump to invoke the act.

In New York state, where there have been 44,635 cases and 519 deaths, officials plan to build eight temporary hospitals in a campaign to increase the number of hospital beds from 53,000 to 140,000.

A number of hotels in New York City, including the famed Plaza Hotel, the St Regis and the Four Seasons, will make rooms available to medical workers fighting coronavirus or to non-critical care patients, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

A little luxury would be welcomed by doctors and nurses working long hours while exposing themselves to the virus and coping with the loss of patients.

"This is past a movie plot. Nobody could ever think of this, or be totally prepared for this," said Eric Neibart, infectious disease specialist and clinical assistant professor at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. "The scale is unbelievable."