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Disturbing photos show COVID-19 patients being loaded onto special evacuation buses

Devastating photos show coronavirus patients being stacked onto evacuation buses and body bags being wheeled out of hospitals as New York City sees over 1,000 deaths over the last 36 hours from Tuesday morning to Wednesday night.

New York City now has over 81,000 cases and 4,571 deaths as of Wednesday evening – a staggering jump of 1,369 more fatalities compared to the 3,202 reported Tuesday morning.

Confirmed coronavirus cases have also leaped by 8,000 cases since Tuesday. 

The deadly COVID-19 is continuing its grip in the Big Apple where hospitals are overwhelmed with patients amid a shortage of medical equipment and a mounting death toll.  

Queens has the greatest breakout in the NYC area with 26,204 cases, Brooklyn 21,580, the Bronx 16,419, Manhattan with 10,862, and Staten Island with 5,102 cases as reported Wednesday afternoon by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  

Eerie photographs of the chaos in Brooklyn shows medical workers wheeling body bags out of hospital tents and into refrigerator truck morgues under the cover of darkness at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn.

Devastating photos show coronavirus patients being stacked onto evacuation buses and body bags being wheeled out of morgues as New York City sees over 1,000 deaths over the last 36 hours from Tuesday morning to Wednesday night

Medical staff pictured moving bodies to refrigerator truck morgues under the cover of darkness at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn as the number of coronavirus cases continues to soar

Medical staff pictured moving bodies to refrigerator truck morgues under the cover of darkness at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn as the number of coronavirus cases continues to soar

New York City now has over 80,000 cases and 4,571 deaths as of Wednesday evening – a staggering jump of 1,369 more fatalities compared to the 3,202 reported Tuesday morning

New York City now has over 80,000 cases and 4,571 deaths as of Wednesday evening – a staggering jump of 1,369 more fatalities compared to the 3,202 reported Tuesday morning

Queens has the greatest breakout in the NYC area with 26,204 cases, Brooklyn 21,580, the Bronx 16,419, Manhattan with 10,862, and Staten Island with 5,102 cases as reported Wednesday afternoon by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Health workers pictured moving bodies to refrigerator truck morgues at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday night

Queens has the greatest breakout in the NYC area with 26,204 cases, Brooklyn 21,580, the Bronx 16,419, Manhattan with 10,862, and Staten Island with 5,102 cases as reported Wednesday afternoon by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Health workers pictured moving bodies to refrigerator truck morgues at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday night

The deadly COVID-19 is continuing its grip in the Big Apple where hospitals are overwhelmed with patients there's a shortage of medical equipment, and the death tolls keeps rising

The deadly COVID-19 is continuing its grip in the Big Apple where hospitals are overwhelmed with patients there’s a shortage of medical equipment, and the death tolls keeps rising

The Wyckoff Heights Medical Center  (above) is just one of a slew of New York City hospitals overwhelmed with dead bodies and an influx in coronavirus patients, with limited hospital beds and medical supplies

The Wyckoff Heights Medical Center  (above) is just one of a slew of New York City hospitals overwhelmed with dead bodies and an influx in coronavirus patients, with limited hospital beds and medical supplies

Other disturbing images snapped this week show COVID-19 patients being loaded onto stretchers before being stacked on top of one another on a special evacuation buses.

The patient transfers are designed to help overwhelmed hospitals even out caseloads in the epicenter of coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

Images taken Monday and Tuesday show as dozens of virus-stricken arrive to the Montefiore Medical Center Wakefield Campus in the Bronx. 

They had been moved from the Einstein Campus, Wyler Hospital, also a Bronx Montefiore hospital, on a specialized bus known as a Medical Evacuation Transport Unit. 

Pictures show patients loaded on top of one another for the journey, surrounded by wires and hospital staff. Others able to sit are lined up next to one another in masks and gloves. 

Transfers are staffed by Empress EMS, Yonkers police and hospital staff on both ends wearing personal protective equipment.  

An EMT wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), prepares to unload COVID-19 transfer patients at the Montefiore Medical Center Wakefield Campus in the Bronx on Monday

An EMT wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), prepares to unload COVID-19 transfer patients at the Montefiore Medical Center Wakefield Campus in the Bronx on Monday

A worker wearing PPE pushes a COVID-19 patient from a specialized bus known as a Medical Evacuation Transport Unit (METU), which carried patients to the Montefiore Medical Center Moses Campus on Tuesday

 A worker wearing PPE pushes a COVID-19 patient from a specialized bus known as a Medical Evacuation Transport Unit (METU), which carried patients to the Montefiore Medical Center Moses Campus on Tuesday

The transfers of these infectious patients are staffed by Empress EMS, Yonkers police and hospital staff on both ends wearing personal protective equipment

The transfers of these infectious patients are staffed by Empress EMS, Yonkers police and hospital staff on both ends wearing personal protective equipment

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ordered flags around the state to fly at half-mast in honor of those who have died from COVID-19 after recording the state’s deadliest 24 hours which claimed 779 lives. 

The number of deaths in New York City continue to rise even as hospitalizations and the use of ventilators have plateaued or declined over the past few days. 

Makeshift hospitals have sprung up around New York City as officials race to expand hospital capacity. 

A cavernous cathedral that normally would be hosting prayer services in preparation for Easter will instead spend Holy Week being outfitted as a field hospital to help with the pandemic.

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, seat of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, has partnered with Mount Sinai Health System and evangelical Christian organization Samaritan’s Purse to provide emergency hospital space in its 600-foot-long sanctuary.

A specialized bus known as a Medical Evacuation Transport Unit (METU) caries patients on stretchers and benches

A specialized bus known as a Medical Evacuation Transport Unit (METU) caries patients on stretchers and benches

The patient transfers are designed to help overwhelmed hospitals even out caseloads in the epicenter of coronavirus pandemic in the United States

The patient transfers are designed to help overwhelmed hospitals even out caseloads in the epicenter of coronavirus pandemic in the United States

Images taken Monday and Tuesday show as dozens of sufferers arrive to the Montefiore Medical Center Wakefield Campus in the Bronx. They had been moved from the Einstein Campus, Wyler Hospital, also a Bronx Montefiore hospital, on a specialized bus known as a Medical Evacuation Transport Unit

Images taken Monday and Tuesday show as dozens of sufferers arrive to the Montefiore Medical Center Wakefield Campus in the Bronx. They had been moved from the Einstein Campus, Wyler Hospital, also a Bronx Montefiore hospital, on a specialized bus known as a Medical Evacuation Transport Unit

A crew member of a Navy hospital ship sent to New York City for the coronavirus outbreak has tested positive for the disease.    

Shocking photos from earlier in the week show bright orange body bags lining the hallways of a hospital in Brooklyn. 

Gov Cuomo, speaking at his daily briefing in Albany on Wednesday, said there was a ‘mix’ of emotions that came with the fact New York has flattened the curve of new infections and new hospitalizations while the death toll keeps ticking up.

It will continue to rise, he said, as more people who entered the hospital 10 days ago or two weeks ago and who needed ventilators, fail to recover.

Pictures show patients loaded on top of one another for the journey, surrounded by wires and hospital staff

Pictures show patients loaded on top of one another for the journey, surrounded by wires and hospital staff

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ordered flags around the state to fly at half-mast in honor of those who have died from COVID-19 after recording the state's deadliest 24 hours which claimed 779 lives

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday ordered flags around the state to fly at half-mast in honor of those who have died from COVID-19 after recording the state’s deadliest 24 hours which claimed 779 lives

Makeshift hospitals have sprung up around New York City as officials race to expand capacity

Makeshift hospitals have sprung up around New York City as officials race to expand capacity

The total death toll across the state now sits at 6,296 – more than double the number of people who died in 9/11. 

The total number of infections is 151,079 – an increase of 10,693 from the number Cuomo gave yesterday morning. It marks a larger increase than in previous days, when there were fewer than 9,000 new cases.

Cuomo said, however, that the rate of hospitalizations is down and continues to decrease which shows social distancing is working.

He however said the state was ‘by no means out of the woods’, and that now was the time to be ‘more vigilant’.

‘What we have done and what we are doing is actually working and it’s making a difference. We took dramatic actions in this state. It is working,’ he said. 

However the governor said it was difficult to ‘square’ the progress with the fact that so many people had died.

‘The bad news isn’t just bad. It’s terrible actually. The death toll, it’s been going steadily up and it reached a new height.

‘The number of deaths will continue to rise as those hospitalized for a longer period of time pass away. The longer you are on a ventilator, the less likely you will come off. 

‘Dr. Fauci spoke to me about this lagging indicator between hospitalizations and deaths… hospitalizations start to drop and deaths increase. People in there pass away. That’s what we’re seeing.

‘I understand the science of it, the facts and the logic. But it is still incredibly difficult to deal with. Every number is a face.’  

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