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New York coronavirus horror continues

Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 10, 2020
U.S. health officials made cautiously optimistic noises about the coronavirus despite a jump in deaths Thursday, as falling hospitalization rates hint at a turning point in the battle against coronavirus.
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U.S. deaths due to the coronavirus topped 17,000 on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, although there are signs that Americans staying home was curbing new infections.

Topics: New York coronavirus

Meanwhile, New York, the U.S. epicenter of the illness, has trouble finding enough place to bury its dead.

Overwhelmed with the sudden rush of Covid-19 victims, the office of New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner said in a statement that bodies of “unidentified and/or unclaimed” victims of the disease will be put in a “temporary storage” for a period of up to 14 days.

With 161,504 active cases and 7,067 dead, New York is by far the hardest-hit state in the U.S.

The bodies will be stored in a facility on Hart Island in The Bronx, a public cemetery with over 1 million graves that is maintained by the U.S. Department of Corrections.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio refused to comment on the rumours and a video produced by HIP that shows recent burials at the island din which several people dressed in white protective clothes are seen dealing with the bodybags.

About 120 death workers and U.S. soldiers work around the clock to pick up as many as 280 bodies a day from New York City homes, according to The New York Times.

While many of these individuals likely died of the coronavirus, their deaths are probably not counted in the official death count, The Times' Ali Watkins and William Rashbaum reported.

New York City and the state as a whole collect their death toll differently.

The state tally is based on hospital data, which includes people who have tested positive for the virus and die in the facilities, The Times reported.

In the city, any patient who has had a positive coronavirus test and then later dies at home or in a hospital is being counted, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the commissioner of the city's Department of Health, told The Times.