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Number of burials increase in New York's Heart Island

Hart Island is an existing burial ground in New York City and because of the coronavirus pandemic, the number of burials significantly increased.

Number of burials increase in New York's Heart Island

Based on historical data from New York City (NYC) Council, it shows, unsurprisingly, that since the coronavirus pandemic hit the state the number of burials have increased in Hart Island. Historically this place has been used as a final resting place for people who died unclaimed and due to the alarming number of Covid-19 deaths, it will also be used for unclaimed victims who died during the pandemic.

Usually about 25 people are buried on the island each week but since coronavirus began claiming victims in the U.S. there are about 25 people buried each day, according to the press secretary Freddi Goldsteing.

New York is the state that has suffered most coronavirus deaths across the country with more than 5,000 confirmed as of the morning of 10 April. Morgues can’t handle the high amount of burials so the Gov. Andrew Cuomo suggested using Hart Island as a temporary burial ground for coronavirus victims.

The governor said that the curve of death toll is flattening from recent days but more people are expected to die from coronavirus in the next few weeks but at a lesser rate.

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