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100s of bodies found in unrefrigerated trucks in New York during COVID-19. A truck full of bodies of deceased people due to coronavirus was reportedly seen outside the Andrew Cleckley Funeral Home. It was seen during the outbreak of coronavirus disease in the Brooklyn borough of New York City on April 29, 2020.
New York: Reuters has reported an incident that is most shocking and disheartening. An unrefrigerated truck with 100s of bodies found near Andrew Cleckley Funeral Home. The bodies were found in a U-Haul vehicle without refrigeration. The city of New York then delivered a Freezer truck to the funeral home after it was reported to be storing bodies on a truck without refrigeration.
The Reuters eyewitness saw bodies in a U-Haul van and said two vans and a truck were parked outside the funeral home.
ABC News reported about 100 bodies were stored in the vehicles after the owner of the Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Services funeral home said the freezer that normally stores bodies stopped working. Though they couldn’t identify the owner and none at the funeral home was able to comment on it. It is still unknown how long the bodies have been kept on the refrigerated trucks.
Uncertainties still continue whether the bodies are of covid-19 victims or people with other illnesses.
The neighbors raised complaints after odor started coming from the trucks as per New York media.
New York City has been at the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic and the city’s funeral homes have been overwhelmed. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 18,000 people have died of COVID-19 in America’s biggest city, according to a Reuters tally.
Funeral homes say they are facing weeks-long backlogs to bury or cremate the dead.