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Workers bury the dead in mass grave on New York City's Hart Island amid coronavirus outbreak

Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York\u0027s Hart Island where the department of corrections is dealing with more burials overall, amid the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York's Hart Island where the department of corrections is dealing with more burials overall, amid the coronavirus outbreak in New York City, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apr 10, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York\u0027s Hart Island, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York's Hart Island, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apr 10, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
New York City officials have hired contract laborers to bury the dead in its potter\u0027s field on Hart Island as the city\u0027s daily death rate from the coronavirus epidemic has reached grim new records. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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New York City officials have hired contract laborers to bury the dead in its potter's field on Hart Island as the city's daily death rate from the coronavirus epidemic has reached grim new records. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apr 10, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
The city has used Hart Island to bury New Yorkers with no known next of kin or whose family are unable to arrange a funeral since the 19th century.  

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The city has used Hart Island to bury New Yorkers with no known next of kin or whose family are unable to arrange a funeral since the 19th century. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apr 10, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
Before burial, the dead are wrapped in body bags and placed inside pine caskets. The deceased\u0027s name is scrawled in large letters on each casket, which helps should a body need to be disinterred later. They are buried in long narrow trenches excavated by digging machines. 


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Before burial, the dead are wrapped in body bags and placed inside pine caskets. The deceased's name is scrawled in large letters on each casket, which helps should a body need to be disinterred later. They are buried in long narrow trenches excavated by digging machines. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apr 10, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York\u0027s Hart Island, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York's Hart Island, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apr 10, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York\u0027s Hart Island, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York's Hart Island, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apr 10, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York\u0027s Hart Island, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York's Hart Island, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apr 10, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
Drone pictures show caskets in a trench on New York\u0027s Hart Island, April 8. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Drone pictures show caskets in a trench on New York's Hart Island, April 8. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apr 10, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York\u0027s Hart Island, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Drone pictures show bodies being buried on New York's Hart Island, April 9. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Apr 10, 2020 11:30 AM EDT
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