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Hart island has been used to bury NYC unclaimed corpses since the 19th century.
Regarding the images of mass graves on Hart Island, which have been circulating on social media for the last few days, New York City (NYC) Mayor Bill de Blasio said those graves are temporary solutions until families can organize a private burial.
"The pictures of our fellow New Yorkers being buried on Hart Island are devastating for all of us. I want to make sure everyone knows what they’re seeing and what is actually happening on Hart Island. Remember, these are human beings," De Blasio tweeted.
"These are people who no one after a period of time has claimed them, and not just COVID victims, but victims of all diseases," he added, as reported by NPR.
Previously, on Friday morning, NYC spokeswoman Freddi Goldstein confirmed that unclaimed corpses will be buried on that island.