April 1, 2020
The state used modified refrigerators to store the bodies of the dead
The state, which has recorded more than 76,000 cases of the disease so far, has modified mobile refrigerated trailers to save the dead bodies of the victims of the virus.
"Seeing the scenes of the trailers there, and what they do with those trailers, nobody can believe what's going on," US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency will send 85 refrigerated trucks to help the state contain the crisis, while health officials expect the death toll from the virus to continue to rise.
Over the past 24 hours, 865 people have died of COVID 19 in the United States, the highest daily toll recorded by the country, according to Johns Hopkins University, as of Tuesday evening.
"Sad families cannot make arrangements quickly, and their loved ones who have died stay in hospitals for a longer period, so we need additional places," said a statement to a hospital in the Fort Green neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
The city's medical examiner's office began operating a temporary morgue, as the state did after the September 11 attacks.
For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and coughing. But for others, especially those with health problems, the virus can cause severe symptoms such as pneumonia and it can be fatal.
In some hospitals, such as Lennox Hill in Manhattan, New York, refrigerated trailers on city streets are stopped along the sidewalks and in front of apartments.
The United States recorded more than 188,000 infections and 3,900 deaths, while curfews and general closures were imposed in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.