Pictures of coffins have been taken that were buried in a mass grave in New York City as the death toll from the outbreak of the coronavirus continues to increase.
Workers in hazmat outfits saw a ladder descend into a huge pit where the coffins were stacked.
The place is Hart Island, which is used for New Yorkers without relatives or who couldn’t afford a funeral.
According to the latest figures, there are now more cases of coronaviruses in New York State than in any other country.
The state-confirmed number of cases of Covid-19 rose on Thursday by 10,000 to 159,937, of whom 7,000 died.
Spain had 153,000 cases and Italy 143,000, while China, where the virus appeared last year, reported 82,000 cases.
A total of 462,000 cases and nearly 16,500 deaths were recorded in the United States. There are 1.6 million cases and 95,000 deaths worldwide.
The drone material comes from Hart Island off the Bronx in Long Island Sound, which has been used by city officials as a mass grave site for people without relatives or families who cannot afford funerals for more than 150 years.
It is likely that many of the coffins are intended for coronavirus victims, but it is not clear whether they fall into the above categories.
According to the Department of Corrections, burial operations on the site have increased from one day a week to five days a week.
Prisoners from Rikers Island, the city’s main prison complex, usually do their job, but contractors have recently taken on the increasing workload.
The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, earlier this week pointed out that “temporary burials” may be necessary until the crisis is over.
“Obviously, the place we used historically is Hart Island,” he said.
The number of coronavirus deaths in New York State rose to 799 on Wednesday, a record high for a third day.
However, Governor Andrew Cuomo was aware of the fact that the number of Covid 19 patients admitted to New York hospitals dropped to 200 for a second day.
He said it was a sign that social distancing works. He called the outbreak a “silent explosion that sweeps through society with the same randomness, the same evil that we saw on September 11th”.
Another glimmer of hope was ushered in on Thursday as official forecasts for the nationwide death toll were lowered.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, told NBC News’ Today Show on Thursday that the final number of Americans who will die from the Covid-19 outbreak “looks more like 60,000”.
At the end of March, Dr. Fauci that “between 100,000 and 200,000” could die.
According to the government, the forecast of 60,000 would correspond to the upper estimate for the total number of flu deaths in the United States between October 2019 and March 2020.
But Vice President Mike Pence stressed on Thursday that Covid-19 is about three times as contagious as influenza.
The White House has previously touted estimates that 2.2 million Americans could die from coronavirus if nothing is done to stop it from spreading.
In the meantime, home stay orders in 42 states have closed non-essential businesses while drastically slowing the US economy.
New data from Thursday showed that unemployment claims exceeded 6 million for the second week in a row, increasing the number of Americans unemployed in the past three weeks to 16.8 million.
Meanwhile, on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. local time, Chicago imposed a curfew on spirits sales to stop the continuing violation of a ban on large gatherings.
The measure is expected to remain in effect until April 30, after health officials said this week that black Chicagoers account for half of all coronavirus cases in Illinois and more than 70% of deaths, although they only make up 30% of the population.
Figures from Louisiana, Mississippi, Michigan, Wisconsin and New York reflect the same race differences in coronavirus infections.
The suspect for the alleged democratic White House, Joe Biden, joined on Thursday the growing demands for the release of comprehensive racial data on the pandemic.
He said it put the inequality and impact of “structural racism” in the spotlight.