Spain’s hospitals at breaking point, US cities brace

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ARITZ PARRA and DAVID RISING Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Bells tolled in Madrid's deserted central square and flags were lowered in a day of mourning Monday as Spain raced to build field hospitals to treat an onslaught of coronavirus patients. In the U.S., the government's top infectious-disease expert warned that smaller cities are about to see cases "take off" the way they have in New York City. A U.S. Navy hospital ship with 1,000 beds arrived in New York to help relieve the crisis gripping the city. The USNS Comfort — also sent to New York City after 9/11 — will be used to treat non-coronavirus patients while packed hospitals deal with those with COVID-19. In Japan, officials announced a new date for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — the summer of 2021 — as a spike in reporte
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