SEE IT: Crowds IGNORE social distancing rules as military hospital ship arrives in NYC

The hospital ship USNS Comfort docked in New York Monday morning to help take some pressure of the city’s hospitals and medical works, stretched thin by the relentless spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The arrival of the 1,000-bed ship caused a stir on Manhattan’s West Side, as large crowds swarmed the fence at Pier 90 to watch the ship come in — so many, in fact, that police finally had to step in and urge the growing throngs to disperse.

But that didn’t happen until NYPD got a nudge from Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office after local media tweeted images showing people ignoring social media distance guidelines, the New York Post reported.

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“The pictures made me realize it was happening, and I reported it to detail who got involved,” City Hall spokesperson Freddi Goldstein said.

“This is a new reality for all of us and we’re all adjusting. The mayor and the police commissioner are in regular contact to make sure our officers understand this new ask of them, as well,” she said.

Police said they merely urged the gathered to move along and issued no tickets.

In addition to the arrival of the Comfort, New York City opened a 1,000-bed temporary hospital at Javits Center on Monday, the state said.

Also on Monday, Gov Andrew Cuomo said three new sites in Staten Island, the Bronx, and Ulster County will add 695 more emergency beds, and the federal government has approved four additional sites for temporary hospitals. Those news sites at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, the Aqueduct Racetrack facility in Queens, CUNY Staten Island, and the New York Expo Center in the Bronx will provide 4,000 more beds.

Late Monday afternoon, total coronavirus cases in the city had topped 38,000 — more than half the state’s 66,497. More than 1,200 have died in the state, 914 of them in New York City, the New York Times reported.

On Friday, the Comfort’s sister ship, USNS Mercy, arrived in Los Angeles, the Department of Defense said.

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[Featured image: USNS Comfort arrives in New York/US Coast Guard]