Workers loaded supplies aboard the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy at Naval Base San Diego, Sunday, March 22, before it departed Monday for Los Angeles, where it will take part in U.S. authorities' response to the coronavirus pandemic.

READ MORE: The U.S. Naval Hospital Ship Mercy has been docked in San Diego, while preparing to head to Los Angeles to help the city deal with the new coronavirus.

When the Mercy arrives in Los Angeles it will open 1,000 beds and become the largest hospital in the city, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said.

The timing for the vessel's arrival was not announced. U.S. President Trump said Sunday the U.S. Navy medical ship Mercy, would be despatched to Los Angeles and another ship, the Comfort, will be sent up the East Coast within weeks, likely to be docked in New York Harbor.

California is one of the hardest-hit states, with more than 1,873 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 35 deaths as of Monday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. (AFP/Reuters)


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