New York Buries 25 Bodies A Day in A Mass Grave
New York Buries 25 Bodies A Day in A Mass Grave. People are buried at Potter’s Field on Hart Island. Due to the corona crisis, the number is increasing sharply.
The coronavirus is hitting around New York, the epicentre of the outbreak in the US. Since the onset of the corona crisis, 25 people a day are buried on Hart Island, traditionally a final resting place for those without money or family.
Potter’s Field on Hart Island, near the Bronx, has been the final resting place for people without family or money to afford a funeral since the 19th century.
Under normal circumstances, the bodies on the island are buried by prisoners from Rikers Island. Today the city recruited indentured labourers to bury the many dead.
More than 5,000 people have died of the coronavirus in New York City. The mortuaries in the city are gradually becoming overcrowded due to the crisis. Mayor Bill de Blasio sees Hart Island as a possible solution.
Those who have no relatives who come to claim them within 14 days will be buried on Hart Island.
Two new trenches have already been dug at the poor old grave, “just in case they are needed,” said spokesman Jason Kersten of the responsible department. “We hope it doesn’t come to that. But if it is, we are ready.”