N’dea Yancey-Bragg, USA TODAY Published 11:35 a.m. ET April 10, 2020 | Updated 11:47 a.m. ET April 10, 2020CLOSE (WARNING: DISTURBING CONTENT) Drone video shows workers burying bodies in a NYC island trench amid the coronavirus pandemic. Burials at the city cemetery on Hart Island have increased from 25 a week to about 24 a day. (April 9) AP DomesticAs New York state continues to report record-breaking numbers of coronavirus deaths, New York City burials are increasing on an island off the Bronx.Normally, about 25 bodies a week are buried in the city’s public cemetery on Hart Island; most of them are either unclaimed or are people whose families can’t afford a funeral. Now, around 24 burials occur each day, five days a week, said Department of Correction spokesman Jason Kersten.New York City has also shortened the amount of time it will hold unclaimed bodies before they are buried in the city’s potter’s field on the island, a one-mile, limited-access strip where more than a million mostly indigent New Yorkers are buried. Under the new policy, the medical examiner’s office will keep bodies in storage for just 14 days. City officials haven’t explained if the increase in burials is due to pressure on mortuaries to dispose of bodies


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