A spokeswoman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is denying reports that New York City may begin temporarily burying coronavirus victims in city parks.
The New York Post reports NYC Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan) said Monday that the city could start “temporary interment” in parks due to morgues and hospitals struggling to keep up with deaths from COVID-19.
De Blasio’s press secretary Freddi Goldstein said Monday afternoon that Levine was incorrect. “We are NOT currently planning to use local parks as burial grounds. We are exploring using Hart Island for temporary burials, if the need grows,” Goldstein responded to Levine on Twitter.
.@NYGovCuomo calls suggestions that NYC would bury bodies in parks a "wild rumors."
He will not support the burial of COVID-19 victims in parks. pic.twitter.com/CaNyP3cg85
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) April 6, 2020
Officials will begin burying the city’s mounting coronavirus dead in local parks — as morgues and hospitals struggle to house the corpses, Councilman Mark Levine said Monday.
“Soon we’ll start ‘temporary interment’,” 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 in another tweet, “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.”
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