NYC to begin temporarily burying coronavirus victims in local parks
Officials will begin burying the city’s mounting coronavirus dead in local parks — as morgues and hospitals struggle to house the corpses, Councilman Mark Levine said Monday.
“Soon we’ll start ‘temporary interment’,” Levine (D-Manhattan) wrote in a series of tweets. “This likely will be done by using a NYC park for burials (yes you read that right). Trenches will be dug for 10 caskets in a line.”
“It will be done in a dignified, orderly–and temporary–manner. But it will be tough for NYers to take,” Levine wrote, adding in another tweet, “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.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked about the grim matter during a coronavirus press briefing Monday at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
“We may well be dealing with temporary burials, so we can deal with each family later,” the mayor said in response.
“I’m not going into details,” de Blasio said. “I don’t think it’s a great thing to be talking about.”
Hizzoner added, “It’s going to be tough, but we have capacity.”
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