THE United States becomes the first country to record 2,000 deaths in 24 hours on Good Friday, as New York has turned to mass graves to bury the dead.
2,108 were reported dead on Friday alone, as the global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic has shifted from central Europe to the United States.
This drone footage captures NYC workers burying bodies in a mass grave on Hart Island, just off the coast of the Bronx. For over a century, the island has served as a potter’s field for deceased with no known next of kin or families unable to pay for funerals.
The US has the most cases in the world with more than 500,000 infected, way more than Italy or Spain.
Global confirmed cases stand almost 1.7 million with more than 100,000 deaths.
In New York, hospital workers have paid tribute to colleagues who have died from COVID-19 during a vigil in front of the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
Nurses and doctors, many holding photographs of the deceased, gave speeches remembering the colleagues they lost.
“We are here to honor, to pray and remember our fallen heroes,” said nurse Joanne Mee Wah Loo during the service.
The mortality rate of healthcare workers in New York is not yet known.
The city, the most affected US metropolis, has nearly 95,000 coronavirus infections and a death toll of 5,800.