Sunday May 31, 2020

New York’s mass graves overflow as Covid-19 crisis deepens

The coronavirus outbreak has caused a huge spike in the number of deaths in New York, with the city’s morgues struggling to cope

12th April, 2020
On Hart Island, trenches have been prepared by prisoners from Rikers Island to bury as many as 30 unclaimed victims of Covid-19 a day Picture: Reuters

Every day, New Yorkers are assaulted by harrowing and once-unthinkable images as the coronavirus death toll climbs higher. On Thursday, macabre drone images showing dozens of prison inmates digging mass graves on Hart Island were splashed across the city’s print and broadcast media.

Hart Island, a spit of land near Long Island Sound, has long been the final resting place for the city’s poorest and least fortunate. Until the beginning of this month,...

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