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Unclaimed coronavirus victims will be buried in New York’s Hart Island

City will now only keep unclaimed bodies for two weeks

Workers wearing personal protective equipment bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Workers wearing personal protective equipment bury bodies in a trench on Hart Island, Thursday, April 9, 2020, in the Bronx borough of New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

NEW YORK – More unclaimed bodies in New York City will be laid to rest on Hart Island.

The cemetery has been used for years as the burial ground for people who had no family come forward to claim them.

Now, it will be used for COVID-19 victims in the same situation.

City leaders said only bodies that haven’t been claimed after a couple of weeks will be buried and they were doing so to help open up space in morgues for more dead people.

Usually bodies are kept in the morgue for up to two months before being buried, but now, the city will move unclaimed bodies to Hart Island after two weeks.

More than a million people are interred in the cemetery.