The US Navy hospital ship Comfort arrived in New York on Monday, to help the coronavirus-hit state contain the outbreak of the pandemic.

Footage shows the ship entering the seaport of the state before docking.

The ship will not be treating any coronavirus-positive patients, but patients who need urgent care according to US President Donald Trump.

The navy ship has, among other features, 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms along with digital radiological services, a medical lab and a pharmacy.

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio welcomed the ship's arrival at Manhattan saying that 750 of the vessel's beds will be put into use "immediately".

The 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity, as described by Trump, has a total crew of 71 civilians and at most, 1,200 Navy personnel, and was deployed to war zones around the world.

According to the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), New York state has over 60,000 cases of coronavirus as of Monday. While the US remains to be the most affected country by the epidemic worldwide with over 143,000 cases and nearly 2,600 fatalities,

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