With the city’s mortuaries at the limit of their capacity, a city councilor announced that New York could use temporary burials “in a dignified and orderly manner ”. The mayor, Bill de Blasio, acknowledged that such a plan was under consideration.
Mark Levine, New York City Councilor and Chair of the City Council Health Commission, “Prepared residents on Monday for the prospect of ‘temporary burials’ of Covid-19 victims due to the limited capacity of the city’s mortuaries”, reports National Review.
Due to this lack of space in the morgues, refrigerated trucks were transported to hospitals “To store the bodies of the victims”, recalls the American magazine.
These morgues are “Now facing the equivalent of September 11”wrote Mark Levine on Twitter.
According to National Review, these temporary burials will be “Probably using a New York City park”. “Trenches will be dug to accommodate lines of 10 coffins in line”continued Levine. “It will be done in a dignified, orderly and temporary manner. But it will be difficult for New Yorkers to live with. ”
Avoid scenes like in Italy
The city councilor explained that the objective of the municipality is “Avoid scenes like those that occurred in Italy, where the military was forced to collect bodies from churches and even from the streets.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday April 6 “That such a plan had not yet been put in place, while acknowledging that it was under study”, indicates the New york times :
If we need to do temporary burials to be able to get through the crisis, and then work with each family on the appropriate arrangements, that’s something we can do. ”
According to the New York daily, Mark Levine also stressed on Twitter that the city will not “Maybe not need” digging temporary graves “If the death rate drops quickly enough”. Nevertheless, he explained to the New york times that this emergency plan was not “At the hypothetical stage” and that he thought “fair” to say that New York City “Was preparing for it”.
According to National Review, Monday April 6, “67,551 cases of coronavirus and more than 3,000 deaths” had been recorded in New York City since the start of the epidemic.