As its death toll continues to mount, a desperate New York City has announced plans to bury victims of the Coronavirus in city parks.
As The Week reports:
New York City is looking more and more apocalyptic every day.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to claim lives in the U.S’s coronavirus epicenter, every aspect of city’s resources for managing the dead have been overloaded. So to deal with the influx of dead bodies that have overtaken morgues, funeral homes, and cemeteries, the city will soon begin using a park for temporary burials, New York City Councilmember Mark Levine announced Monday.
Levine, the chair of the council’s health committee, explained in a Monday tweet thread how the city’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is “now dealing with the equivalent of an ongoing 9/11.” Deaths in hospitals are dramatically rising, but so are the numbers of deaths in homes; 20–25 people are usually reported dead in their homes every day in New York City, but that’s risen to 200–215. Overall daily death counts have also doubled.
So to avoid “scenes like those in Italy” where bodies have been found on the streets, New York City will likely soon use a park for “temporary interment” where “trenches will be dug for 10 caskets in a line,” Levine wrote.
The goal is to avoid scenes like those in Italy, where the military was forced to collect bodies from churches and even off the streets.
OCME is going to need much more staff to achieve that goal. 10/
— Mark D. Levine (@MarkLevineNYC) April 6, 2020
As of Sunday morning New York City’s death toll from the virus stood at almost 2,500.