NY digs mass graves as deaths escalate sharply

REUTERS  Lucas Jackson

REUTERS Lucas Jackson

Drone pictures show heavy machinery next to a third trench on Hart Island amid the coronavirus pandemic in New York City on 8 April. Those interred on the island have been unclaimed by any family members and are overwhelmingly poor.

Meanwhile, local morgues and funerals homes are overwhelmed by the influx of deaths.

Drone footage released Tuesday showed workers in hazmat suits digging large graves on Hart Island.

NYC Mayor Press Secretary Freddi Goldstein said officials would be burying the victims on the island, located east of the Bronx, after being unable to contact their families for weeks, according to CNN.

The state now has more cases of COVID-19 than any single country, according to the video. Since then, Hart Island has been the location of a Union Civil War prison camp, a psychiatric institution, a tuberculosis sanatorium, a potter's field with mass burials, a homeless shelter, a boys' reformatory, a jail, and a drug rehabilitation center.

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The us state of NY, where New York city also are hard hit by the ongoing coronavirusudbrud. The S&P 500 rose 12 percent on the week, its best performance since 1974.

"Because we didn't have pressure on the system, we didn't have to move them quickly", the official said, adding, "We are now burying people who have been sitting with us for quite some time".

It is - apart from the UNITED states - more smittetilfælde than any country in the world. New York, the hardest hit state has alone recorded over 87,000 positive cases.

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Britain has been in effective lockdown since March 23, and the government is set to extend the restrictions sometime this week. Although the number of new cases and hospitalizations appears to have plateaued, deaths are still rising.

As staggering as the case and fatality figures are, they undercount the true scope of the pandemic.

The state's confirmed caseload of Covid-19 jumped by 10,000 on Thursday to 159,937, of whom 7,000 have died. Globally there are 1.6 million cases and 95,000 deaths.

De Blasio recently told NY1 that the city's morgues have "the ability to deal with even a more challenging situation" in terms of deaths from the virus, which have already led to the addition of refrigerated trucks to hold the bodies of COVID-19 victims.

Despite these measures, the city's ability to store bodies is clearly at the breaking point.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said this week officials were looking into temporarily burying coronavirus victims on Hart Island if morgues and temporary storage units filled up. Actually see every day out to beat the record in relation to the day before.

The city is moving unclaimed bodies to the 101-acre island to make way for coronavirus victims whose bodies are claimed, according to Goldstein.

Historically, city officials have always been reluctant to provide public access to Hart Island, which is said to be the largest public cemetery in the country. Donate here for the cause (you will be directed to the HelpAge India site).

A 2008 report by the city's Chief Medical Examiner's office identified the island as a potential burial place for a surge of bodies in the event of a pandemic.

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