New York city currently the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, has begun burying its unclaimed dead in a graveyard that is the final resting place of those who die poor and alone.
Horrifying images show people in hazmat suits excavating mass graves on Hart Island in the Bronx, and coffins being lowered in.
Around 25 bodies – usually people who cannot afford a funeral or who are not claimed by family, are buried there each week in normal times.
Now the weekly figure is close to 120.
Mayoral spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein said: “For decades, Hart Island has been used to lay to rest [dead people] who have not been claimed by family.
We will continue using the island in that fashion in this crisis.”
The city has cut from 30 days to 14 the time it will hold unclaimed remains before they are buried on Hart Island.
“These are people who, for two weeks, we have not been able to find anyone who says, ‘I know that person, I love that person, I will handle the burial’.” Ms. Goldstein said: Read Here