New York City plans on temporarily burying victims of the Chinese coronavirus in a park as the city struggles to handle the spike of dead bodies overwhelming morgues and cemeteries, according to a local lawmaker.
On Monday morning, New York City Councilmember Mark Levine shared details of the plan on social media, warning that the city’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is “now dealing with the equivalent of an ongoing 9/11.”
“A typical hospital morgue might hold 15 bodies. Those are now all full. So OCME has sent out 80 refrigerated trailers to hospitals around the city,” explained Levine. “Each trailer can hold 100 bodies. These are now mostly full too. Some hospitals have had to add a 2nd or even a 3rd trailer.”