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NYC Councilman Warns City May Temporarily Bury Coronavirus Victims In Parks In A Worst-Case Scenario

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NYC Councilman Warns City May Temporarily Bury Coronavirus Victims In Parks In A Worst-Case Scenario





A leading New York City lawmaker warned on Monday that officials may be forced to temporarily bury the city’s coronavirus victims in local parks “to avoid scenes like those in Italy, where the military was forced to collect bodies from churches and even off the street.”

“Soon we’ll start ‘temporary interment’,” said Councilman Mark 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, “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.”



This “is a contingency NYC is preparing for BUT if the death rate drops enough it will not be necessary,” he later clarified in a tweet.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was asked about temporary burials 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, reports The New York Post. “We will have the capacity for temporary burials – that’s all I’m going to say.”

“I’m not going into details,” de Blasio said. “I don’t think it’s a great thing to be talking about.”

“We’re going to try and treat every family with dignity, respect religious needs of those who are devout, and the focus now is to try and get through this crisis and obviously also put all of our energy and resources into saving those we can save,” he added.



Aja Worthy-Davis, a spokeswoman for the city’s Medical Examiner’s office, told The Post there are no plans currently to begin temporary burials and that the freezers at agency facilities in Manhattan and Brooklyn have “adequate space.”

“We have no plans right now to bury anyone in city parks,” said Worthy-Davis, noting that the disturbing scenario is mentioned in a previous OCME disaster plan, but “it’s not in the works at this time.”





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