Dozens of corpses found in moving trucks in New York, the global epicenter of the covid-19 pandemic

The smell that came from two moving trucks and the dripping that fell from inside alarmed neighbors and passers-by on Utica Street on Wednesday morning.
The smell that came from two moving trucks and the dripping that fell from inside alarmed neighbors and passers-by on Utica Street on Wednesday morning.
Dozens of corpses found in moving trucks in New York, the global epicenter of the covid-19 pandemic
Police arrived at the scene, located in Brooklyn, New York. What the agents found was shocking: dozens of corpses stored in the vehicles.
Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home had rented trucks and placed about 50 bodies inside with ice.
Police closed off the area and then a refrigerated truck arrived. New York state workers were later seen in protective suits moving the bodies to the new vehicle.
Residents of the area told CBS that had been complaining of the smell from the past couple of weeks.
A neighbor at the funeral home told the television channel that on Tuesday ‘they had bodies all over the floor inside the premises.’
‘They were unloading bodies. They came out one by one, dripping blood. And those guys who were working, were eating with nothing [of protection] on their hands. Without masks, without gloves, nothing, and it seemed somewhat suspicious due to the number of people that these people collected,’ he said.
‘Oh, and the smell, forget it. It was overwhelming,’ he said.

Funeral home overflowed

It is unclear whether the bodies belonged to victims of covid-19. But New York authorities and funeral homes have been fighting since March to cope with the large number of deaths in the state, the most affected in the United States by the pandemic.
The funeral home owner Andrew T. Cleckley told The New York Times on Thursday that he had run out of space to store the bodies.

People around the funeral home called authorities to complain about the smell.

New York authorities have sent dozens of mobile morgues or refrigerated trailers to hospitals and other parts of the city to prevent bodies from accumulating and decomposing in inappropriate places, as has happened in other countries hit by the virus.
However, Cleckley said he was unable to obtain or purchase a refrigerated truck due to the current shortage of these vehicles.
‘The bodies come out of our ears,’ he told the newspaper.
Cleckley said that in April alone, he had received more calls from relatives asking for his services than in all of 2019 and acknowledged that he had taken on ‘more work than he could handle,’ according to The New York Times.
As of Thursday, more than 18,000 people had died in New York City alone from covid-19, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, which monitors the global spread of the disease in real time.
Across the country, the U.S. by then it had exceeded one million confirmed cases of coronavirus, more than any other country.

‘Do something instead of leaving the bodies there’

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a conference on Thursday that this was a ‘horrible situation’ and that it was ‘absolutely unacceptable.’
‘Funeral homes are private companies. They have an obligation to the people they serve to treat them with dignity,’ he said.
‘I have no idea how a funeral could let this happen,’ he added.
‘Why didn't they alert the state, which regulates them, or went to the New York police and asked for help? Do something instead of leaving the bodies there.’

As of Thursday, more than 18,000 people had died in New York City alone from covid-19.

By law, funeral directors must keep bodies in a safe condition to prevent the spread of infection before being buried or cremated.
Lt. John Grimpel, a New York police spokesman, told The Washington Post that they had not filed criminal charges for the incident.
But the New York Department of Health quoted the funeral home as handling the bodies, according to an official quoted by The New York Times .
‘If it had been my father, my mother, my brother, my sister, they are not respecting the dead, I would be very upset,’ John DiPietro, a neighbor at the funeral home, told CBS.
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