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New York City considers public land to bury Covid-19 victims

New York City is the state with more cases and deaths of coronavirus in the USA and as the numbers continue to rise they’re looking at alternatives.

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New York City considers public land to bury Covid-19 victims
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The number of people dying due to the coronavirus keeps increasing in the United States and on Monday it was confirmed that over 10,000 had been lost in this pandemic. Things are the worst in New York City, the state with more confirmed deaths in the country.

De Blasio looks to park burials

President Trump announced at the weekend that the country is entering the expected worst two weeks of the pandemic, and New York is contemplating temporarily burying bodies on public land.

We may well be dealing with temporary burials so we can then deal with each family later,” Mayor de Blasio told reporters on Monday. “Obviously, the place we have used historically is Hart Island.”

A man wears a face mask as he rides a bike next to Unisphere inside the Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the Queens borough of New York City.

The city may use Hart Island, a public cemetery in Long Island Sound, to bury people as the death toll from Covid-19 increases each day. “We’re going to try and treat every family with dignity, respect, [meeting] religious needs of those who are devout,” he stated.

Hart Island, the final resting place of about one million New Yorkers, is only accessible by a ferry that the Correction Department runs from the Bronx. The announcement came as some funeral homes have been so overwhelmed, they’ve stopped making arrangements for mourning families.

De Blasio insisted the city is able to handle the skyrocketing death toll. There were 67,820 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,475 deaths as of Monday morning, according to the Health Department.