U.S. Navy will send hospital ship to the Port of Los Angeles to face Covid-19

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The Port of Los Angeles announced that the United States Navy will send the USNS Mercy, a 1,000-bed hospital ship, to face the pandemic of the new Covid-19 coronavirus.

Gene Seroka, CEO of the Port of Los Angeles , detailed in a statement that “the Port is ready to partner with the United States Navy and the federal government as it prepares to bring the USNS Mercy to the Port of Los Angeles.”

“The well-being of our residents is the highest priority during this public health crisis,” he added. 

However, Seroka acknowledged that the USNS Mercy, which will leave its base in the Port of San Diego with 800 professionals on board, has no arrival date.

The Port of Los Angeles has been affected by the crisis generated by the Covid-19 outbreak, since last February it suffered a 22.9% drop in its cargo volumes.

Seroka explained that “although the volumes of cargo are important, the coronavirus is above all a public health crisis that must be controlled with the collaboration of governments and medical experts around the world. We are more interconnected than ever with our global partners, so it is not surprising that trans-Pacific maritime trade has been significantly affected. ”.

U.S. Navy will send hospital ship to the Port of Los Angeles to face Covid-19

 

Source: Portal Portuario

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