The city has little choice but to bury Gotham’s mounting coronavirus dead on Hart Island, a City Hall spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.
“For decades, Hart Island has been used to lay to rest decedents who have not been claimed by family members. We will continue using the island in that fashion during this crisis and it is likely that people who have passed away from COVID who fit this description will be buried on the Island in the coming days,” mayoral spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein told The Post.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier this week the city was considering temporary burial of the pandemic’s dead on Hart Island, but shied away from making a firm commitment.
Troubling new images released Thursday show nearly a dozen contracted workers in protective suits burying stacks of wooden coffins in a mass grave, one week after The Post published drone footage that captured prisoners burying nearly two dozen.